Policy Analysis

Justin Schon

Senior Research Analyst


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Dr. Justin Schon is a Senior Research Analyst for AidData’s Policy Analysis Unit (PAU). As part of the PAU, Dr. Schon conducts quantitative analysis and contributes to the framing, writing, and interpretations of study findings.

Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington

B.A. (Highest Honors), Political Science and Economics, University of Michigan

Prior to joining AidData, Dr. Schon was a postdoctoral scholar in the Democratic Statecraft Lab at the University of Virginia, where he worked on quantifying the effects of immigration enforcement policies on migration. He also worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Florida on a $5 million project funded by the Department of Defense to model climate change and migration. His expertise has also led to consulting work for the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida and for the World Bank. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research has been published in one book – Surviving the War in Syria: Survival Strategies in a Time of Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2020) – and numerous academic articles. His academic articles appear in journals that include Environmental Research Letters, Comparative Political Studies, Political Geography, Journal of Peace Research, Perspectives on Politics, and many others. He also maintains an affiliation with the Democratic Statecraft Lab as a Non-Resident Fellow.

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Migration, Immigration Enforcement, Refugees, Conflict, International Relations, Spatial Analysis, Time Series Analysis, Social Network Analysis

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