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Ethan Bueno de Mesquita

Deputy Dean and the Sydney Stein Jr. Professor in American Politics

Harris Public Policy

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, AB’96, is an applied game theorist whose research focuses on political violence—especially terrorism, insurgency, and rebellion—and on democratic accountability. He is widely recognized for his work on the organizational operations and institutional design of rebel and terrorist groups, with papers ranging from an investigation of the conditions under which rebel organizations can successfully recruit volunteers to analyses of the effects of offering concessions to terrorists.

Before joining Harris in 2007, Bueno de Mesquita taught in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis and was a Lady Davis Fellow in political science and visiting fellow in the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an elected member of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Bueno de Mesquita received an AB in political science from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in political science from Harvard.

Aleppo, Syria - October 4th

Smoke rises after a warcraft belonging to the Russian Army bombed a residential area in the Darat Izza neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on October 4, 2016.

GETTY / Mahmud Faysal / Anadolu Agency