ESOC Annual Meeting: May 9-10, 2019

We are pleased to announce that ESOC’s next annual meeting will be held at the University of California San Diego on May 9-10, 2019. We hope you will be able to attend! This year’s theme is Political Economy of Conflict Spaces. Co-sponsors of the 2019 ESOC Annual Meeting include the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), the University of British Columbia, and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC).

  • How Does Civil Conflict Affect Political Selection? Evidence from Nepal’s Maoist Revolution; Michael Callen, University of California San Diego
  • Terrorism Financing, Recruitment and Attacks: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Pakistan; Nicola Limodio, Bocconi University
  • Concessions, Violence, and Indirect Rule: Evidence from the Congo Free State; Sara Lowes, Bocconi University
  • State Capacity, Encirclement, and Ethnic Violence: Theory and Evidence from China; Anna Zhang, Stanford University


  • Border Fences and the Mexican Drug War; Benjamin Laughlin, University of Pennsylvania
  • Criminality as a Social Process: Evidence from Colombian Ex-combatants; Mateo Vasquez Cortes, New York University
  • Formal Employment and Organized Crime: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Colombia; Gaurav Khanna, University of California San Diego
  • Gangs, State Capacity, and Development: The Value of Law and Order; Nikita Melnikov, Princeton University
  • The Political Economy of the Philippines Drug War; Renard Sexton, Princeton University
    Combating Violence and Extremism (CVE)
  • Preventing Violent Extremism - Evidence from a Somali Youth Job RCT Study; Prabin Khadka, New York University
  • Radicalization and Recruitment in an Internet Age; Tamar Mitts, Columbia University
  • Information Operations Increase Civilian Security Cooperation and Support for Reintegration; Austin Wright, University of Chicago
  • The Brides of Boko Haram: Economic Shocks, Marriage Practices, and Insurgency in Nigeria; Jonah Rexer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Female Empowerment After Genocide; Thorsten Rogall, University of British Columbia
  • Historical Violence and China’s Missing Women; Songfa Zhong, National University of Singapore
  • The Geography of Repression and Support for Democracy: Evidence from the Pinochet Dictatorship; Luis Martinez, University of Chicago
  • Untouchable Forces: Restoring Trust in Security in Weak States? Aila Matanock, University of California Berkeley
    Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
  • Winning Hearts and Minds: The Role of Cultural, Economic and Security Considerations on the Successful Integration of Syrian Refugees in Turkey; Konstantinos Matakos, King’s College London
  • Brothers or Invaders?: How Crises-Driven Migrants Shape Voting Behavior; Sandra Rozo, University of Southern California
  • Long-term Impacts of IDPs influx on Second Generation’s Early Childhood Development in Host communities: Evidence from Burundi; Soazic Elise Wang Sonne, World Bank Fragility Conflict and Violence Group (FCV)
    State Capacity
  • How Does Violence Shape Investments in Natural Resources? Graeme Blair, University of California Los Angeles
  • Payments in Afghanistan; Stefano Fiorin, University of California San Diego


We will release the full agenda when final. Please contact ESOC Program Manager, Kristen DeCaires (, for more information.