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Dr. Todd S. Sechser
Lab Director

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Dr. Megan A. Stewart
Lab Manager

Megan A. Stewart is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Politics Experimental Lab and an Assistant Professor at American University. Megan's research interests lie at the nexus of state formation and civil war. Her work examines the strategic use of violence and governance during intrastate conflict, participation and civilian collaboration in civil war, and post-conflict institution building. Please visit for more info.

Ph.D. Candidate, Researcher

Chelsea A. Goforth is an American Politics Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Chelsea's research interests are broadly focused on topics in political psychology and political methodology, including political behavior, public opinion, the politics of gender and race, and survey and experimental methods. More specifically, her dissertation examines the causes and consequences of mobilizing white ingroup identity.

Ph.D. Candidate, Researcher

Carolyn Coberly is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  Her research focuses on the politics of dictatorship, in particular the role of political parties and party systems in authoritarian governance and regime transitions.

Abigail S. Post

Ph.D. Candidate, Researcher

Abigail S. Post is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation investigates why national elites choose moral and legal speech during international bargaining. Her research interests also include coercive diplomacy and crisis bargaining, the consequences of political violence, survey and laboratory experimental methods, and public opinion toward the use of force. For more information, please visit her website,

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