About the FieldLab
Typically, half of our projects involve archival research, allowing students to use their language skills to uncover broader patterns of historical violence.
The other half of our projects involve close collaboration with government agencies and non-government organizations to evaluate the effects and effectiveness of coercive and economic interventions in contemporary conflict settings like Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Nigeria. In particular, the FieldLab specializes in the evaluation of how these interventions affect civilian attitudes and behavior in wartime as well as how insurgents respond to such policies.
Students work on real-world interventions and are provided the chance to acquire (or deepen) statistical, geospatial, and programming skills. Past partners include Mercy Corps, the United States Institute for Peace, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
The FieldLab is committed to the ethical conduct of research in war zones and strives to protect its subjects, field teams, and researchers.