Networks, Causal Inference, and Civil Conflict

Greetings! I am a doctoral candidate in networks science at Northeastern University and a fellow at the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. My three-paper dissertation examines 1) the role of cross-ethnic social ties in promoting wartime rescue and assistance in Bosnia, 2) network dimensions of Black Lives Matter protests, and 3) new methods for inferring the causal impact of spillover effects. My newest line of research looks at the political and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Penn Identity & Conflict Lab beginning this fall.

Photo: Sarajevo at twilight (taken during my fieldwork in 2018-9)

Contact: simonson.m [at] northeastern [dot] edu