RESEARCH

Violence and Collective Identity

Political violence shapes--and is shaped by--social networks, cultural norms, and group structures. Our research probes the nature of the relationship between violence and social phenomena, exploring the emergence, resilience, and disintegraration of collective identitites. How do social structures respond in the face of violence and coercion? How does group behavior differ from individual responses to political violence? Can group structures magnify--or temper--the effects of violence?

Governance and Group Cohesion

During the course of domestic conflict, both states and rebel groups must make decisions about how to allocate critical resources and key goods. How does this distribution of resources through governing institutions impact civilian perceptions and behaviors? Under what conditions does governance, either by rebels or states, unite or divide a people?

Judgement and Decision Making

Political violence shapes--and is shaped by--social networks, cultural norms, and group structures. Our research probes the nature of the relationship between violence and social phenomena, exploring the emergence, resilience, and disintegraration of collective identitites. How do social structures respond in the face of violence and coercion? How does group behavior differ from individual responses to political violence? Can group structures magnify--or temper--the effects of violence?