Luke Condra

Public and International Affairs Program Director; Associate Professor

I research the politics of violence in conflict-ridden, emerging democracies. My work studies how governments and insurgents use violence to achieve political objectives and what factors affect their decision-making. My research has been published in the American Economic Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and The Journal of Politics, among other journals.

Courses Taught

  • International Affairs
  • Order and Violence
  • Ethnic Politics
  • Ethics and National Security

    Education & Training

  • Ph.D. Political Science (Stanford University)
  • A.B. Political Science (Duke University)
Recent Publications
  • "The Logic of Insurgent Electoral Violence" (with James D. Long, Andrew C. Shaver, and Austin L. Wright). American Economic Review, 108 (11), 3199-3231, 2018.
  • Condra, Luke N., Mohammad Isaqzadeh, and Sera Linardi. 2017. "Clerics and Scriptures: Experimentally Disentangling the Influence of Religious in Afghanistan." British Journal of Political Science, 2017, pp. 1-19. 
  • "Who Takes the Blame? The Strategic Effects of Collateral Damage" (with Jacob N. Shapiro). American Journal of Political Science 56, no. 1 (January 2012): 167-87. 
  • "Civilians, Control, and Collaboration during Civil Conflict" (with Austin L. Wright). 2019. International Studies Quarterly 63 (4): 897-907.
  • "Casual Contact and Ethnic Bias: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" (with Sera Linardi). 2019. The Journal of Politics 81 (3): 1028-1042.
  • "Damaging Democracy? Security Provision and Turnout in Afghan Elections" (with Michael Callen, Radha K. Iyengar, James D. Long, and Jacob N. Shapiro). 2019. Economics & Politics 31 (2): 163-193.
Research Interests
  • International security
  • Political violence
  • Research methods