Presentation on theme: "Britt Cartrite. Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder (2003) Student of Sven Steinmo Dissertation focused on the dynamics of the politicization of."— Presentation transcript:
Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder (2003) Student of Sven Steinmo Dissertation focused on the dynamics of the politicization of ethnic identity in Western Europe Had nothing to do with agent-based modeling Post-doctoral fellow, Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnic Conflict, University of Pennsylvania (2004-5) Began working with Ian Lustick and Dan Miodownik on models of ethnic conflict using PS-I Became interested in both the theoretical underpinnings and application of agent-based modeling Disclaimer: I have no formal computer coding background, only “hands-on” training!
Interested in the impact of limited information (bounded rationality) and information flows on macro-level outcomes Particularly interested in how political structures interact with and perform against such dynamic social models Initial work with Lustick, “Virtualstan,” tested theories of authoritarian regime stability under a very large variety of individual and social conditions The type of authoritarian regime matters (somewhat surprising) Regime collapse occurs very differently depending on regime type (very surprising)
Work with Miodownik on political decentralization and ethnopolitical mobilization Empirical literature reaches opposite conclusions: Decentralization exacerbates mobilization Decentralization ameliorates mobilization Our findings: the relationship is curvilinear (in some sense combining the two empirical results) The cause of this divergence is the impact of decentralization on ethnic identity salience and subsequent mobilization
With Miodownik and Bhavnani: Exploring model replication versus model docking Attempted to replicate an earlier Bhavnani model of Putnam’s work on civil society in Italy using different hardware and software
Most recent advances: using GIS to build models: