Laura Jakli

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Personal Statement: 

I am a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2020. Previously, I was a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University (2018-2020) and the Stanford Program on Democracy and the Internet (2019-2020). I was also a consultant with the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age (2019-2020).

My research draws on digital survey and ad experiments and machine learning techniques to examine political extremism and the process of radicalization. My related research examines a broad range of threats to democratic governance, including authoritarian encroachment, ethnic prejudice in public goods allocation, and misinformation. 

My published work has appeared in the American Political Science ReviewGovernance, International Studies Quarterly, and the Virginia Journal of International Law, along with an edited volume in Democratization (Oxford University Press). My research has recently been featured in the following news outlets: KQED/NPRThe Washington Post, and VICE News.

​I hold a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornell University (2014) and an M.A. (with Distinction) from the University of California, Berkeley (2016).

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Jason Wittenberg
Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
Secondary Subfield: 
Political Behavior
Methodology & Formal Theory
International Relations