Jennifer M. Larson

Date
Wed, Feb 10 2021, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Speaker
Jennifer M. Larson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
Jennifer Larson
Abstract

Jennifer Larson received her Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2012, and her B.A. in both mathematics and political science from Creighton University in 2006.  Her research explores how and why social networks affect political behavior in order to explain outcomes such as protests, civil conflict, and informal governance.  Her theoretical work uses game theory and agent-based models to isolate the importance of networks, while her empirical work focuses on collecting new data to understand how social networks spread information and motivate people to act in settings ranging from rural Uganda to urban France.