Civil Conflict and Democratic Erosion Lab

The Civil Conflict and Democratic Erosion Policy Lab aims to produce rigorous empirical evidence to better understand and counter threats to peace and democracy both in the US and around the world. The Lab combines research with teaching and policy engagement, and directly engages both graduate and undergraduate students in the production of new knowledge. Current projects include a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of military involvement in domestic policing operations in Colombia;  a survey to study the causes and consequences of violence against environmental activists in the Brazilian Amazon; and a series of randomized controlled trials to test mechanisms for reducing partisan polarization in the US.


  • POLS 1440 (Security, Governance, and Development in Africa)
  • POLS 1820X (Democratic Erosion)


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Watson Policy Labs, a new initiative of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, will enhance the link between teaching, research and public outreach by addressing specific policy issues through a combination of faculty research, student training, research-based courses and public outreach.
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