Matthew Simonson

Matthew Simonson
Ph.D. Student
PhD Student

Matts research focuses on the role of networks in political violence. His dissertation investigates how cross-ethnic social connections motivated ordinary people to protect their friends and colleagues during the Bosnian civil war. Other projects include 1) a randomized control trial measuring the network effects of providing family-planning vouchers in India, 2) a natural experiment looking at the impact of terrorism on immigration attitudes, and 3) a data-driven analysis of African road networks extracted from digitized road maps combined with rainfall data to explain the distribution of rebellions and ethnic conflict. He has also conducted fieldwork in Mongolia, Uganda, and Cameroon.  Matt received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and International Studies from Williams College.

 

Current Lab Members

Director

David Lazer
Director

Project Manager

Janette Briceno
Project Manager

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Jason Radford
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Briony Swire Thompson
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

PhD Student

Stefan McCabe
PhD Student
Ronald Robertson
PhD Student
Sarah Shugars
PhD Student

Lab Alumnus

Navid Dianati
Lab Alumnus
Samuel Fraiberger
Lab Alumnus
Ryan P. Kennedy
Lab Alumnus
Katherine Ognyanova
Lab Alumnus
Rezvan Sherkati
Lab Alumnus
Stefan Wojcik
Lab Alumnus