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Department of Political Science,
University of Pennsylvania
133 S. 36th Street Philadelphia,
PA 19104-6215.


  • Columbia Uninversity Ph.D. Political Science, 2011 (with distinction)
  • Columbia Uninversity M.A., Political Science, 2006
  • Tel Aviv University, M.A., History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, 2004 (cum laude)
  • Tel Aviv University, L.L.B., Law, 1999 (cum laude)

Academic Positions


See: research-articles

Fellowships and Affiliations

  • 2020 - present: Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI-DevLab), UPenn (Co-Director)
  • 2021 - present: IPA Human Trafficking Research Initiative (HTRI) (Academic lead)
  • 2021 - 2022: National Academy of the Sciences committee (Advance Reform in the Global Security and Justice Sectors)
  • 2020 - present: The Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration Study (Affiliate)
  • 2020 - present: Wharton’s Lauder Graduate Group in International Studies (Member)
  • 2019 - present: Empirical Studies of Conflict (Faculty Associate)
  • 2019 - present: Immigration Policy Lab, Stanford University (Faculty Affiliate)
  • 2019 - 2020: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
  • 2013 - 2014: The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace

Honors & Awards

  • 2022: “Viral Voting: Social Networks and Political Participation” has won Political Ties Award for Best Published Article in the previous calendar year, awarded by APSA’s Political Networks Section.
  • 2021: “Information Technology and Political Engagement: Mixed Evidence from Uganda,” has won APSA’s Information Technology & Politics section award given to the best article published in the previous calendar year.
  • 2020: “It Takes a Village: Peer Effects and Externalities in Technology Adoption,” is the recipient of APSA’s Political Networks Section’s Best Conference Paper Award.
  • 2019: “Information, Accountability, and Cumulative Learning,” has won the Best Book Award in Experimental Research by the Experimental Research Section of APSA.
  • 2019: Comparative Political Studies extraordinary reviewer award.
  • 2018: “Information Dissemination, Competitive Pressure, and Politician Performance Between Elections” has won APSA’s Experimental Political Science Research Best Paper Award.
  • 2016: “The Political Legacies Of Combat: Attitudes Towards War And Peace Among Israeli Ex-Combatants,” has won NEPS’s Medal for Best Publication in Peace Science.
  • 2016: “Do Selection Rules Affect Leader Responsiveness?” has won the Lawrence Longley Award for the best article on Representation and Electoral Systems published in 2015.
  • 2014: “Does Information Technology Flatten Interest Articulation?” has won APSA’s Information Technology and Politics Best Paper Award.
  • 2014: “Administrative Unit Proliferation,” has won The Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for the best paper in Comparative Politics, Midwest Political Science Association.
  • 2013: “The Impact of Elections on Cooperation,” has won Honorable Mention, The Best Political Sociology Article published in 2012, by the American Sociology Association.
  • 2012: “Do Selection Rules Affect Leader Responsiveness?” has won Honorable Mention, The Sage Paper Award for best paper in Comparative Politics presented at APSA annual meeting.
  • 2012: “The Impact of Elections on Cooperation,” has won Honorable Mention best paper award for faculty; the Rationality and Society section of the American Sociological Association.

Grants (past 5 years)


  • UNHCR-World Bank Joint Data Center: “Developing World Refugee and Asy- lum Policy (DWRAP) Online Data Platform” ($204,725)
  • Hilton Foundation: “Improving refugee integration in Uganda.” ($100,000)
  • Penn URF: “Broadcasting Tolerance: Using Radio to Promote Inclusion of Marginalized Groups in Uganda” ($60,000)


  • Global Innovation Fund: “Planning for Productive Migration” ($230,000)
  • Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS): “Climate change and human trafficking vulnerabilities in Bangladesh” ($1,390,000)
  • Open Philanthropy Project: “Planning for Productive Migration” ($650,000)
  • Fund for Innovation in Development (FID): “Planning for Productive Migration” ($1,026,564)
  • PDRI Fellowship for African scholars ($75,000)
  • J-PAL’s Jobs and Opportunity Initiative: ”Pilot: Planning for Productive Migration” ($69,110)


  • USAID’s DIV: “Pilot: Planning for Productive Migration” ($200,000)
  • Penn SAS: “Diverse Global Communities and Local Resource Allocation” ($50,000)
  • Browne Center for International Politics: “Can civic education increase youth participation in electoral authoritarian contexts?” ($5,000)
  • Innovation for Poverty Action: “Human Trafficking Research Support” ($125,000)


  • World Bank: “Preventing social conflict and promoting social cohesion in forced displacement contexts” ($25,000)
  • J-PAL (CVI program): “The effect of COVID19 on migration and livelihood: the case of Uganda” ($39,909)
  • Open Philanthropy Project: “Planning for Productive Migration” ($1,000,000)
  • UNHCR- World Bank Joint Data Center: “Developing World Refugee and Asylum Policy (DWRAP) Online Data Platform.” ($461,942)


  • Chicago CISSR: “Why Citizens Support Elected Leaders that Erode Democracy.” ($24000)
  • UPenn SAS (Faculty Working Group): “The Penn Development Research Initiative.” ($5000)- International Organization for Migration: “Child Trafficking in Jamaica,” ($162000)
  • International Organization for Migration: “Child Trafficking in Jamaica”, ($162000)
  • Browne Center for International Politics: “Voting Aggregation and Fraud in Low-Income Countries”, ($4800)

Invited Talks (past 5 years)

  • 2023: Seminars: USAID: Evidence & Learning seminar; University of Rochester’s Riker seminar; LSE Political Behavior seminar; World Bank’s WDR speaker series; Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy; Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies seminar series; Columbia University; Conferences: EGAP London.
  • 2022: UC Irvine (Labor Public seminar); UC Santa Barbara (Political Economy seminar); UC Berkeley (CP seminar); UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy (department seminar); American University; Harvard University; University of Michigan; ITAM; Texas A&M; Houston University; Tafra Morocco; Petralia Sicily; Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE).
  • 2021: Stanford IPL; Penn PDRI; EDI (Oxford University); Hebrew University; Tel Aviv University (Public Policy school).
  • 2020: University of Washington; Stanford Graduate School of Business; Northwestern University; Chicago Harris Public Policy School; UCLA
  • 2019: ETH-University of Zurich (Switzerland); World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center (Denmark); Stanford University; Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, Stanford Economics; Annual Africa Board of Experts (McLean, VA); FHI360; Center for Global Development (CGD); London School of Economics (UK); King’s Collage (UK); Rutgers University
  • 2018: Latin-American Workshop on Experimental and Behavioural Social Sciences (keynote, Chile); University of Virginia; Emory University; World Bank, Governance Global Practice Seminar; Essex University (UK); University College London School of Public Policy (UK); Oxford University, Blavatnik School of Government (UK); Oxford University, The Centre for Experimental Social Science (UK); Center for Global Development; Yale University

Professional Services

Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP)

  • 2015-2018: Executive Board Director
  • 2013-present: Member

Northeastern Workshop in Empirical Political Science (NEWEPS)

  • 2013-present: Convener

Editorial Boards

  • 2020-present: Comparative Political Studies
  • 2019-present: Political Science Research and Methods
  • 2017-present: Journal of Experimental Political Science
  • 2014-2019: American Journal of Political Science

Award Committees

  • 2021: APSA’s Migration and Citizenship section’s best article committee
  • 2021: APSA’s Experimental Research section’s Public Service Award committee
  • 2021: APSA Political Networks’ Career Achievement Award
  • 2016: Committee chair - APSA’s Lawrence Longley Award
  • 2016: Chair - APSA’s Experimental Research Section’s Best Paper Award
  • 2015: Committee member - APSA’s Best Dissertation Award in IT & Politics

University Services

School of Arts & Science

  • 2020-present: Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics – advisory board member
  • 2020-2023: SAS misconduct investigative committee
  • 2021-present: SAS Planning and Priorities Committee
  • 2013-present: SAS Africa Working Group
  • 2014-2015: Dean’s Council on Innovation

Political Science department

  • 2019; 2021; 2022: Hiring committee
  • 2021; 2022: Promotion committee
  • 2013-2015; 2020: Comparative Politics Seminar organizer
  • 2013; 2015; 2019; 2020: Graduate Admission Committee

Graduate Students

  • Nicolas Idrobo (committee co-chair)
  • Jiayi Huang (committee chair)
  • Apurva Bamezai (committee member)
  • Rashi Sabherwal (committee member)
Past (Placement)
  • Santiago Cunial (Inter-American Development Bank; committee co-chair)
  • Gemma Dipoppa (Brown University, TT position; committee chair)
  • Sumitra Badrinathan (American University, TT position; committee chair)
  • Jeremy Springman (DevLab, committee chair)
  • Jonah Rexer (Princeton (ESOC), post-doc; committee member)
  • Michael Freedman (Haifa University, TT position; committee member)
  • Emmerich Davies (Harvard, TT position; committee member)

Work Experience

  • 2000-2005: Senior Lecturer - Yoel Geva, Ltd, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1999-2000: Consultant - Shaldor Management Consulting, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1997-1999: National Teacher Supervisor - Kidum Ltd, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1995-1997: Instructor - Kidum Ltd, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1990-1994: Israel Defense Forces - Infantry Company Commander (Lieutenant)