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Austin L. Wright

Assistant Professor

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Austin L. Wright is Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy and Faculty Affiliate of The Pearson Institute. His research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, and Thailand. His research on substate conflict largely focuses on rebel strategy, examining how rebel groups adopt new technologies of war in a dynamic environment. Wright’s research also unpacks how individuals respond to unexpected economic and climatic conditions, including projects on opium diseases and intelligence sharing, weather shocks and crime, and wildfires and interpersonal violence. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Niehaus Center for Global Governance, The Asia Foundation, and World Bank.

Wright is a Faculty Affiliate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, a Nonresident Fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute, and a Non-Resident Research Associate of the Deep South Watch program in Thailand.

He received a BA and BS from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA and PhD from Princeton University.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.