Research Group

Yichen Guan

Graduate student in Middle Eastern Studies. Her current research mainly focuses on the relationship between the diverse forms of authoritarianism and authoritarian persistence in the Middle East. She is interested in quantitative methodology in political science, and she is currently working as a research assistant for Professor Gary King and Molly Roberts. In her future research, she plans to combine the rigorous theory of comparative authoritarianism in the Middle East with sound empirical testing with programming skills such as R and STATA.

Aaron Kaufman

He is a William Yandell Elliott Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His methodological interests are causal inference, field experiments, natural experiments, statistical programming, and natural language processing. His substantive interests are representation, California politics, state and local politics, voting behavior, and campaigns and elections. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. His current research projects include race riots, censorship, framing effects, and interest group endorsements.

Christopher Lucas

Graduate student in the Department of Government. His research focuses on political economy and computational social science. In political economy, he works on migration, trade, and foreign aid with a focus on developing economies in Asia. In computational social science, he is interested in automated content analysis, machine learning, and opinion dynamics.

Soledad Prillaman

Graduate student in the Department of Government at Harvard University. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in Political Science and Economics. Her research interests center around economic and political development, focusing on poverty alleviation programs and welfare state development in developing countries.  

Anton Strezhnev

Ph.D student in Government focusing on international relations and political methodology. His research interests include the political economy of international organizations and the effect of domestic politics on foreign policymaking. Methodologically, he is interested in text analysis, survey experiments and causal inference in time-series and network data. Previously, he received a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.