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  • Nicholas Adams-Cohen

    Nicholas Adams-Cohen

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

    BioNicholas Adams-Cohen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab. He received his Ph.D. in social science at the California Institute of Technology, developing and adapting novel quantitive methods in political science. His research aims to better understand voter behavior and public opinion formation through the interactions between politicians and their constituents.

    Nicholas also holds an M.S. in social science from Caltech, an M.A. in international policy studies from Stanford University, and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Elin Bergman

    Elin Bergman

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

    BioElin Bergman is Wallenberg Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. She researches redistributive politics, in particular efforts to capture the political support of the low-income (poor) electorate through programmatic or clientelist means. The geographical focus is Latin America.

    Bergman is currently working on a book manuscript about the determinants of conditional cash transfer (CCT) program adoption. The theory is based on the ability of cheap CCTs to simultaneously attract the support of the poor (CCT beneficiaries) and the tax-shy, clientelism-averse upscale electorate. A cross-class coalition of poor and upscale voters in favor of CCTs can explain why CCTs first emerged in Brazil and Mexico that both have long traditions of using clientelism and vote buying to win the support of the poor electorate.

    Bergman earned her PhD degree in political science at Göteborgs universitet, Sweden, in 2019. She has previously studied at the University of Chicago and Uppsala universitet.

  • Melissa Carlson

    Melissa Carlson

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

    BioI am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at U.C. Berkeley, specializing in international relations, comparative politics, and methodology. Currently, I am a pre-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). Broadly, my research examines the factors that influence the variation and intensity of partnerships between state governments and foreign militant groups. My dissertation develops an organizational theory of third-party provision of support: when foreign militant groups and state armed forces share similar organizational characteristics, they are more likely to form joint commands, carry out joint attacks, and provide each other with advanced weapons systems. By applying an organizational framework to this problem, I show that traits at this new level of analysis provide unprecedented analytic leverage in explaining patterns in international cooperation. My other research interests include informal cooperation between states and refugee interactions with smugglers, aid workers, and host governments. My work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Organizations, and the University of Chicago Law Review, among others.

    I draw from a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to pursue my research interests. I have coded, compiled, and analyzed large-N datasets, including international events and web-scraped social media data. I have composed in-depth case studies that draw on semi-structured interviews and hundreds of primary and secondary source documents. I have conducted extensive field work in Jordan, Greece, and Iraq, including interviews with - and participant observation of - vulnerable migrants, aid workers, government officials, and Syrian militant group members. I have also designed and implemented survey and field experiments in Greece and Jordan using enumerators, text-messages, and Facebook. My regional expertise focuses on the Middle East, particularly Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and the Gulf. I am fluent in Jordanian and Syrian dialectical Arabic.

    I have worked with various aid organizations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Prolepsis, a Greek public health and nutrition aid organization, to design and implement ethnographic research programs and survey experiments. I have also worked as a professional translator for journalists and aid organizations in informal and formal refugee camps across the Greek mainland and islands. Prior to beginning my PhD at U.C. Berkeley, I worked as Public Information consultant for the IOM Iraq Mission in Jordan and Iraqi Kurdistan. In this capacity, I traveled to various camps for Syrian refugees and Iraqis displaced by ISIS in Ninewa, Dohuk, and Erbil, interviewing beneficiaries and photographing IOM aid distributions. I have continued working with the IOM Jordan as a research consultant, leading projects that range from tracing smuggling routes from Jordan to Europe to assessing the impact of Syrian refugee returns on local host community economies in Jordan. I have a M.A. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in International Relations and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

  • John Emery

    John Emery

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

    BioJohn R. Emery is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford University in the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). His research interests include ethics of war, historical nuclear wargaming, technology and national security, as well as the impact of quantification and abstraction on ethical decision-making. Current projects are based on archival research at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA exploring early nuclear wargaming in the 1950s and how notions of social science and deterrence theory were contested between wargaming as art or science. Specifically, this concrete historical case of new technologies of war and improving methodologies offer key insights into contemporary dilemmas of military AI today.

    He was formerly a Tobis Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality at University of California, Irvine. There, he explored the rise of collateral damage estimation algorithms in the U.S. Air Force, and how socio-technical interactions impact ethics of due care in war. Previous work on drones, ethics, counter-terrorism, and just war is published in Critical Military Studies, Ethics & International Affairs, and Peace Review. In 2017-2018 he was awarded the NSF-funded Technology, Law and Society Fellowship to undertake an interdisciplinary study of the impact of AI, Big Data, and blockchain on law and society scholarship. John R. Emery holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in international studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

  • Emily Finley

    Emily Finley

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

    BioI am a political theorist specializing in the history of political thought, political ideology, foreign policy, and the history of communism. I hold a PhD in Politics from The Catholic University of America and am currently the managing editor for the Center for the Study of Statesmanship's scholarly journal Humanitas.

  • Haritz Garro

    Haritz Garro

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

    BioHaritz Garro is a postdoctoral scholar in the Democracy and Polarization Lab at Stanford University. His main fields of interest are American Politics and Formal Theory. His research focuses on Congress, campaign finance, and the effects of the economy on political outcomes.