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Summer Lindsey

PhD Student




Summer Lindsey is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science focusing on International Relations and Comparative Politics.  Her research interests include group conduct of violence, strategies of warfare, mobilization dynamics, and geospatial analysis.  Summer is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and is writing her dissertation on sexual violence and war.  

Currently, Summer is working with Macartan Humphreys on the RCT of an intervention addressing violence against women in India in partnership with the Department for International Development and Social Development Direct.  She is also working on a set of papers with Monica Toft, studying media reporting on rape in war.  Information on this project can be found here.


Summer received her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University's School of General Studies in 2010, graduating magna cum laude, with departmental Honors, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and as a recipient of the Arthur Ross Foundation Prize for Excellence in Political Science.   She has worked on research projects with the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Hudson Institute Center for Political-Military Analysis, and Columbia University's Hertog Global Strategy Initiative.  Prior to her academic vocation, she was a professional ballet dancer, performing with ballet companies across the country including the Joffrey Ensemble, Dayton Ballet, and Bay Area Houston Ballet.


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