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Lauren is an assistant professor of political science at UC Davis. Lauren's research aims to understand how people behave in violent or coercive environments. Her main research topics include why people participate in violence and how exposure to violence affects people in the short and long term. Much of her past research and policy work is in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Zimbabwe. Prior to coming to Davis, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University and a non-resident postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development. She completed her PhD in political science at Columbia University.


Institution / Affiliation : UC Davis

Geographical Region: Africa
Methodology: Field Experiments
Policy: Conflict and Violence