Greetings!

​I am a political science postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania's Identity & Conflict Lab under Dr. Nicholas Sambanis, currently on the academic job market. I study violence, protest, and prejudice through the lens of social networks.​

  1. I use surveys and interviews to examine how cross-ethnic friendship networks mobilized rescuers during the Bosnian war and genocide and protesters during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in the US

  2. I develop new causal inference methods for networks

  3. I co-host a conference on overcoming anti-immigrant prejudice that brings together political scientists, psychologists, and practitioners

  4. I carry out survey experiments and randomized control trials to study how to reduce prejudice and prevent conflict

  5. I analyze gun purchases, mass killings, and support for political violence

I earned my Ph.D. in network science from Northeastern University, where I was a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellow. My work has been covered in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CBS, and NPR. I can be reached at msimonso@sas.upenn.edu