Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. I received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Rochester. I’m interested in conflict and political violence. In particular, my research focuses on recruitment for rebel groups (notably, the Islamic State) and the use of indiscriminate violence against civilians during civil war. My dissertation, Essays on Islamic State Foreign Fighters, attempts to understand the individual motivations of transnational militants and the broader socio-economic and political trends that contribute towards foreign ﬁghting.
Other projects I’m working on include spatial analysis of conflict in Darfur, as well as using machine learning to forecast political violence and predict withdrawal from peace agreements. Please feel free to take a look around, download a copy of my CV, and peruse my research. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at andreamichellemorris at gmail.com.