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Professor Lyall is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Violence FieldLab at Yale University. He is also affiliated with the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He served as Technical Adviser for USAID’s MISTI Initiative in Afghanistan (2012-15). His research explores the dynamics and effects of violence in conventional wars and insurgencies, including how economic assistance and coercion interact to affect attitudes and behavior of civilians and insurgents. His work draws on diverse methods, ranging from historical and cross-national comparisons to field, survey and “natural” experiments. His work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics, among other journals. He has conducted fieldwork in Afghanistan and Russia. His research has been funded by AidData, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, USAID, and USIP, among others. He received his PhD from Cornell University and his BA from Simon Fraser University.


Institution / Affiliation : Yale University
Previous Partner Organizations: USAID, Mercy Corps
Geographical Region: Middle East
Methodology: Field Experiments
Policy: Conflict and Violence, Ethnic Politics