Faculty Research Director
Dr. Mike Findley
Project Team Lead
The Data for Peace team is conducting research on various questions related to peace and conflict globally. In AY2023-24, the Data4Peace team will focus on one project on Afghanistan and one project on Policing and Urban Security.
The Afghanistan projects aims to produce zones of territorial control in order to understand who is most at risk during civil war conflicts. This project entails gathering qualitative information from news sources to code points of attack and control for non-state actors, such as the Taliban.
In AY2022-23, the team focused on understanding humanitarian, political, and security risks. The team met weekly and coded territorial control zones, utilizing various news sources. In AY2023-24, we plan to continue to code the remaining years and start preliminary analysis using the data we have collected.
Project Team Co-Leads
IPD Project Team Leader
Jiseon Chang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government and IPD lead on the Peacebuilding Team. She earned her BA in Economics and International Studies and her MA in Global Affairs and Policy from Yonsei University. Her research interests include international development, human rights, poverty, inequality, political economy of foreign aid, experimental methods, and individual-level misperceptions and misinformation. Her dissertation explores when and how (mis)perceptions of foreign aid influenced by (mis)information and experience could be corrected or worsened in developing countries.
Amin Mashhoon is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a BA in Geography, with an emphasis on Sustainability. Familial ties to the civilian cost of war and immigration originally inspired what has become Amins lifelong passion for peace building. Also important to Amin are the issues of climate crises. Through research at IPD, Amin intends to take the next step in tangibly addressing these pressing challenges.
Sydney F. Kaiser
Sydney is a second-year graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, pursuing a master’s degree in Global Policy Studies, with a subject area focus of Security, Law, & Diplomacy. Sydney is originally from Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Anthropology and Geography from Colorado State University. While at the LBJ School, Sydney has participated in the Clements Center Graduate Portfolio in Security Studies and has pursued her research interests into state fragility, human security, and conflict intervention.
Allison Paquette is a third-year undergraduate student from Katy, Texas. She is a member of the Liberal Arts Honors program, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Global Studies and minors in business administration and French. She is one of the research assistants on the Data4Peace team, and her research interests revolve around addressing conflict and finding peaceful resolutions in various regions around the world. Following graduation, Allison plans to attend law school to study international law to further her passions for foreign policy and conflict resolution.