Paul Atwell is a PhD student in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He received a B.S. in Political Science with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a certificate in African Studies. He has previously participated in a number of research projects and policy evaluations related to democratic and conflict outcomes in Africa and Latin America while working at the University of Navarra in Spain. As student of Comparative Politics at UM, Paul is researching themes in political communication and behavior, armed conflict, and participation-oriented development policy. He is interested in geospatial, experimental, and network methodologies in studying these themes.