I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. I specialize in international relations and comparative politics, with a focus on counterinsurgency and social networks.
In my research, I use a combination of large-scale social network analysis and randomized field experiments to examine how a government’s success in combating insurgency and violent crime can hinge on the nature of the social ties that condition the spread of information among civilians. Using this approach, I aim to explain why counterinsurgency and policing efforts are effective in some localities but not others. My work focuses on Southeast Asia, and the Philippines in particular, but the implications of this research apply to counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and policing more broadly. My work draws from a broader interest in applied network analysis, which includes previous research on international alliance networks and on the real-time prediction of influenza outbreaks using social network data.
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