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Andrew Shaver

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Andrew Shaver is a scholar of sub-state conflict and the founding director of the Political Violence Lab. In his doctoral dissertation, he focused on particular emotional influences on the judgments and behaviors of combatants and civilians during organized conflict. In other research, Professor Shaver and his co-authors examine how refugees affect conflict likelihood and, separately, how conflict affects refugee outflows; how countries' terrain affects their likelihood of experiencing conflict; and how combatant harm to civilians' affects the latter's willingness to supply or withhold valuable information on insurgents and, separately, how intelligence provided by civilians during conflict influences conflict dynamics. Professor Shaver is currently engaged in research on the effects of drone warfare on insurgent violence and, separately, on how biases in media reporting may affect how governments, academics, and others understand conflict dynamics.