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Topher McDougal, PhD, is an associate professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is also a research affiliate at the Centre on Conflict, Development, & Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute for International & Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a principal of the Small Arms Data Observatory (SADO). An economic geographer by training, Topher's articles have appeared in Economic Geography; Political Geography; Economics of Peace & Security Journal; Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy; Law & Development Review; Stability; Business, Peace, and Sustainable Development; among others. His research has been featured in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and others. His recent book is The Political Economy of Rural-Urban Conflict: Predation, Production, and Peripheries (Oxford University Press). Topher holds a PhD in International Economic Development (MIT), an MCP in International Development (MIT), an MS in Geography (UNM), and BA in Philosophy (Swarthmore College).

Position: Associate Professor

Website: Associate Professor of Economic Development & Peacebuilding

Geographical Region: Africa, Asia, North America
Methodology: Experimental Design, Field Experiments, Statistics, Survey Methodology
Policy: Conflict and Violence, Development, Governance