Laura is an Assistant Professor in the political science department at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington, D.C. Her research is in the field of comparative politics, with a focus on the political economy of development. Her most recent projects examine how different sources of revenue (such as natural resource rents, foreign aid, and taxes) affect political behavior, governance, and development. She also studies the causes of conflict and post-conflict reintegration. Laura’s empirical methods involve experiments, the collection of original survey and behavioral data, and extensive field research, most recently in Indonesia, Colombia, and Uganda. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2012.


Email: lpaler@pitt.edu


Website: laurapaler.com
Institution / Affiliation : University of Pittsburgh


Methodology: Field Experiments, Survey Methodology
Policy: Conflict and Violence, Development