Laura Jakli

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Personal Statement: 

I am currently a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. I am also a research fellow at the Stanford Project on Democracy and the Internet and a consultant with the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. 

My dissertation draws on digital survey and ad experiments, machine learning, and qualitative fieldwork to examine the relationship between digital politics and political radicalization. My related research examines how digital networks shape migration patterns and refugee behavior. 

My published work has appeared in Governance, 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