Postdoctoral fellow

David Peterson

Postdoctoral fellow

David Peterson is a postdoctoral fellow with the Ford School’s International Policy Center. His research focuses on international institutions and cooperation from a complex systems perspective using computational methods. His dissertation explored the relationship between histories of cooperation, dispositional beliefs among leaders, and demands for close political unions and incorporates agent-based modeling, qualitative case studies, network analysis, and text analysis. He is a member of the Modeling Emergent Social Order lab at Ohio State University, which makes use of computational modeling alongside quantitative and experimental empirical methods to answer deep theoretical questions about the relationship between political order and international security. Peterson has research forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science. 

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Educational background

  • MA and PhD in political science, Ohio State University
  • BA in political science and economics, University of Chicago