Grant Gordon
2014, NEFP
PhD Candidate, Columbia University


Grant is a PhD Candidate in international relations and comparative politics at Columbia University. His research examines the political economy of conflict, humanitarian intervention and institutions, and combines field experiments, original survey data, ethnography and unique administrative data.

Grant’s dissertation seeks to understand the logic of state violence during conflict. In a complementary set of empirical papers, I analyze why simple strategies used to solve principal agent problems in states afflicted by war cause civilian abuse.

His work has been generously supported by the United States Institute for Peace, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and Texas A&M Center for Conflict and Development, among others. I am a 2015-2016 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow and Resident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.


Development, Africa, Sub-Saharan Politics, Political Violence, Humanitarian Intervention