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Cassy Dorff

Assistant Professor

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Curriculum vitae
Office:  SSCO 2074

Research Area/s:

Comparative Politics,  International Relations,  Methodology


Dr. Cassy Dorff earned her BA from the University of Texas (2010) and her MA and Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University (2015). During her time at Duke, she worked with the Crisis Prediction Project (CRISP) under the direction of Michael D. Ward.  In 2016, she was a research fellow at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver. Professor Dorff’s scholarship is focused around understanding the ebb and flow of political violence and political contestation around the globe; her recent work highlights how civilians survive contexts of insecurity. She teaches courses on civil conflict, political violence, and social science research methods. Professor Dorff's research and teaching relates to topics spanning the areas of international relations, comparative politics, and methodology. 

Research Interests

Professor Dorff approaches the study of civil conflict and political violence using a variety of methods including surveys, forecasting approaches and network analysis. Her current research agenda is focused on civilian agency and survival in conditions of armed conflict. She is also working on projects related to victimization, the evolution of criminal conflicts, and new network science approaches for political scientists. Among other outlets, her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Interactions, and Political Science Research Methods. 

Selected Publications