I am the Director of Innovation Strategy at the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee.

Gordon, Grant - Headshot (2016)I’ve spent the past several years working on development and humanitarian policy: I developed and directed the global inter-agency mine action monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for use in over 30 countries, researched the impact of new technologies on humanitarianism for the UN Office of Humanitarian Coordination, analyzed the viability of conducting randomized-control trials in Somalia for DFID, and assessed the impact of various socio-legal interventions in Sierra Leone and Liberia for the Open Society Justice Initiative.

I have a PhD in political science from Columbia University, having specialized in the political economy of conflict, humanitarian intervention, and foreign policy. My research examines the causes of conflict and the impact of interventions that aim to reduce violence: I have explored the political economy of the Congolese military and institutional causes of violence against civilians in the DRC, analyzed the impact of satellite technologies used to monitor and deter genocidal violence in Darfur, examined the ways in which peacekeepers can win hearts and minds with local communities in Haiti, and assessed how territorial control and civilian support explain patterns of civilian abuse in Aceh, amongst other projects.

I have worked and lived in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, West Africa, and Somalia and Haiti. I speak French and I’m not too shabby at Swahili, I am a pro in R, and I love doing triathlons.

To understand a bit more about my work, listen to my interview on the Ezra Klein Show and follow me on twitter at @grantmgordon. For more, see my research, policy & media contributions or CV.

Photo by Glenna Gordon.

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