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Jacob Shapiro

Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Princeton University

Jacob N. Shapiro is Professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University and directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, a multi-university consortium that compiles and analyzes micro-level conflict data and other information on politically motivated violence in countries around the world. He studies conflict, economic and political development, and security policy. He is author of The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations and co-author of Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict. His research has been published in broad range of academic and policy journals as well as a number of edited volumes. He has conducted field research and large-scale policy evaluations in Afghanistan, Colombia, India, and Pakistan.

Shapiro received the 2016 Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association, given to a scholar younger than 40 or within 10 years of earning a PhD who has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. He is an associate editor of Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Politics, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, a faculty fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies, a research fellow at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan, and an associate fellow of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives.

Prior to graduate school Shapiro served in the United States Navy. He received his PhD in political science and MA in economics from Stanford University.

Expertise & Interests

  • Political violence
  • Economic and political development
  • Security policy