Lab Members

Kiki Bayen is a Sophomore in the University of Michigan Honors College planning to double major in Political Science and Data Science. Kiki has interned for U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and U.S. Senator Gary Peters, working mainly in constituent services and outreach. She has also done research in the University of Michigan Organizational Studies Department on the compositional elements of protest groups and grassroots movements. Kiki hopes to expand her knowledge of citizen involvement internationally, and study civic engagement in other countries.



Jonathan George is a junior at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying Political Science and Biomolecular Science. In the future, he plans on attending law school and hopes to one day become a federal judge. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing the piano and visiting the local farmers markets.







Eitan Paul is a joint PhD student in Public Policy and Political Science. He studies issues related to contentious politics and the effects of foreign democracy, human rights, and governance assistance in developing democracies and electoral authoritarian regimes in Southeast Asia. Eitan is Research Scholar at the Ford School’s International Policy Center. In 2016-2017, he was a Weiser Emerging Democracies Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Eitan previously worked on issues related to electoral reform, civil society strengthening, and legislative accountability at The Asia Foundation and the National Democratic Institute in Timor-Leste and Cambodia. He received a B.S. in Foreign Service with honors in the International Politics major from Georgetown University in 2012 and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy with concentrations in Comparative Politics and International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution from Tufts University in 2016.



Brandon Pope is an undergraduate at the University of Michigan studying Political Science. He is interested in public policy, more specifically in the use of quantitative methods in informing and determining policy outcomes.






Megan Ryan is a second year PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include ethnic politics, civil military relations, and political accountability in developing democracies. She has a methodological interest in field experiments and a regional focus on Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia and Myanmar. Before coming to Michigan, Megan completed a master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies and worked on a variety of research projects at the intersection of conflict and development with the Asia Foundation and as a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia. As a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. State Department from 2014 – 2016, she provided conflict analysis and policy recommendations on U.S. foreign policy on Myanmar. She speaks Spanish and Bahasa Indonesian.





Rebecca Savelsberg is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. She is interested in causes and deterrents of violence, peacebuilding in post-conflict environments, and the long term impact of violence on political processes. Her methodological areas of interest include causal inference and field experiments. Before coming to Michigan, Rebecca spent time in Morocco and Benin researching and working in development aid, as well as teaching English in Turkey as a Fulbright scholar. She received a B.A. in International Relations from NYU in 2014. You can reach her at