Luke Condra

Assistant Professor
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  • PhD, Political Science, Stanford University, 2010
  • AB, Political Science, Duke University, 2003


Condra's research interests are in international security and political violence. His current work, situated in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, uses multiple methods to answer questions about why actors participate in political violence and how governments can build quality institutions in areas characterized by conflict. He grew up in the Eastern Highlands and New Ireland Provinces of Papua New Guinea.

Teaching and Research Interests

International security
Political violence
Quantitative Methods

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Condra, Luke N., and Jacob N. Shapiro. 2012. "Who Takes the Blame? The Strategic Effects of Collateral Damage." American Journal of Political Science 56, no. 1 (January): 167-87.
  • Central Research Development Fund, University of Pittsburgh (with Mohammad Isaqzadeh). Principal Investigator. "Islamic Authority and Counterinsurgency: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan," 2012. ($13,800)
  • International Growth Centre Political Economy Grant (with Rikhil R. Bhavnani). Co-Principal Investigator. “Why People Vote for Corrupt Politicians: Evidence from Survey Experiments in Afghanistan,” 2011. (£8,100)


  • Global Governance
  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods
  • Ethnic Politics
  • Economics and Politics of Counterinsurgency

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

Faculty Affiliate, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, GSPIA.
Faculty Affiliate, Ford Institute for Human Security, GSPIA.
Faculty Affiliate, Governance Group, University of Pittsburgh.
Empirical Studies of Conflict Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UCSD, 2010-2011.




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