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Professor Lyall is the James Wright Chair in Transnational Studies and an Associate Professor of Government in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. He also directs the Political Violence FieldLab at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth. He served as Technical Adviser for USAID’s MISTI Initiative in Afghanistan (2012-15). His research explores the dynamics and effects of violence in conventional wars and insurgencies, including how economic assistance and coercion interact to affect attitudes and behavior of civilians and insurgents. His work draws on diverse methods, ranging from historical and cross-national comparisons to field, survey and “natural” experiments. His work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics, among other journals. His book, Divided Armies: Inequality and Battlefield Performance in Modern War, was recently published by Princeton University Press. He has conducted fieldwork in Afghanistan and Russia. His research has been funded by AidData, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, USAID, and USIP, among others. He received his PhD from Cornell University and his BA from Simon Fraser University.


Institution / Affiliation : Dartmouth College
Previous Partner Organizations: USAID, Mercy Corps, IRI
Geographical Region: Middle East
Methodology: Field Experiments
Policy: Conflict and Violence, Ethnic Politics