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Sub-state conflict is the source of tremendous human suffering and financial burden worldwide. Last year, 68.5 million people – or the equivalent of 20 people per minute – were forced to flee their homes due to conflict (UNHCR, 2017), and the most recent statistics estimate annual economic costs of conflict around $14.8 trillion (12.4% of world GDP) (Institute for Economics and Peace, 2018).

While violent conflict is likely to remain a perennial feature of human group interaction, the Political Violence Lab engages in research that seeks to inform efforts to mitigate its frequency, intensity, and downstream effects.

The lab is co-directed by its founder, Dr. Andrew Shaver, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, and Dr. Dotan Haim, a postdoctoral fellow in Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center.

Justin Kramer currently serves as the lab’s chief executive assistant. Meghan Ray and Debora Hyemin Han held this position previously.

The lab is engaged in research projects (described here) with researchers at Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, the University of California, San Diego, the University of Chicago, and Yale and has involved the participation of 76 Dartmouth College undergraduate research assistants.

The lab gratefully acknowledges the support it received from Dartmouth College during the 2017 and 2018 academic years, which was made possible by the generosity of Susan K. and Stuart E. Lucas ’81 through the Lucas Family Fund for Undergraduate Research.

The lab will transition this summer (2019) to the University of California, as is customary, as Dr. Shaver begins a professorship at its newest campus in Merced, CA.

Many photographs on this site were generously supplied by Lars Blackmore, DJ (DhungJoo) Kim, and Kainoa Little. Justin Kramer led the development of this site.