Assistant Professor of Political Science
Project on Resources and Governance
Evidence in Governance and Politics
Center for Effective Global Action
I use experiments and field research to study the causes and consequences of violence in developing countries – and what we can do about them. I work primarily in Nigeria and South Africa, often in partnership with government, civil society, or international organizations.
Civilians during and after conflict
How does armed conflict shape civilian attitudes and behaviors? What is different about conflicts involving violent extremist groups?
Rebecca Littman, Graeme Blair, Rebecca Wolfe, Mohammed Bukar, Jiyoung Kim, Yunusa Aina, Yetcha Ajimi Badu, Fatima Abba Kurama, Ahmed Umar Lawan. “Demonstrating genuine change increases victim’s willingness to reconcile with transgressors: Experimental evidence from Nigeria.” 2020.
Graeme Blair, Rebecca Littman, Elizabeth Nugent, Rebecca Wolfe, Mohammed Bukar, Benjamin Crisman, and Jiyoung Kim. “Religious Leaders Can Shape Reconciliation After Conflict: Evidence from the Boko Haram Conflict.” 2020.
Jason Lyall, Graeme Blair, Kosuke Imai. “Explaining support for combatants during wartime: A survey experiment in Afghanistan.” American Political Science Review, 2013.
PDF MPSA Pi Sigma Alpha Award Replication
Graeme Blair, Christine Fair, Neil Malhotra, Jacob N. Shapiro. “Poverty and support for militant politics: Evidence from Pakistan.” American Journal of Political Science, 2013.
PDF Replication Appendices
Conflict in resource-rich contexts
Why is armed conflict associated with contexts rich in resources like oil and minerals? How does the violence affect people in these contexts?
Graeme Blair, Darin Christensen, Aaron Rudkin. “Do commodity price shocks cause armed conflict? Evidence from a meta-analysis.” 2019.
Bottom-up mechanisms to improve government performance
How can we encourage and sustain pro-social citizen behaviors? How can we harness these behaviors to improve public services?
Graeme Blair, Fotini Christia, Jeremy Weinstein, Eric Arias, Emile Badran, Robert A. Blair, Ali Cheema, Thiemo Fetzer, Guy Grossman, Dotan Haim, Rebecca Hanson, Ali Hasanain, Ben Kachero, Dorothy Kronick, Benjamin Morse, Robert Muggah, Matthew Nanes, Tara Slough, Nico Ravanilla, Jacob N. Shapiro, Barbara Silva, Pedro C. L. Souza, Lily Tsai, and Anna Wilke. Crime, Insecurity, and Community Policing: Evidence on Building Trust. Book manuscript in preparation.
Graeme Blair, Fotini Christia, Jeremy Weinstein, Eric Arias, Emile Badran, Robert A. Blair, Ali Cheema, Thiemo Fetzer, Guy Grossman, Dotan Haim, Rebecca Hanson, Ali Hasanain, Ben Kachero, Dorothy Kronick, Benjamin Morse, Robert Muggah, Matthew Nanes, Tara Slough, Nico Ravanilla, Jacob N. Shapiro, Barbara Silva, Pedro C. L. Souza, Lily Tsai, and Anna Wilke. “Building Trusted, Effective Police in the Global South: Evidence on Community Policing from Six Coordinated Field Experiments.” Working paper.
Project Preanalysis plan
Graeme Blair, Rebecca Littman, Elizabeth Levy Paluck. “Motivating the adoption of new community-minded behaviors: An empirical test in Nigeria.” Science Advances, 2019.
PDF Project Policy brief Replication Preanalysis plan Appendices
Improving research designs
How can we improve our research designs before we implement them? How do we know if we have selected a good research design?
Graeme Blair, Jasper Cooper, Alexander Coppock, Macartan Humphreys. Research Design: Declaration, Diagnosis, and Redesign. Under advance contract, Princeton University Press.
Graeme Blair and Gwyneth McClendon. “Experiments in Multiple Contexts.” In Donald P. Green and James Druckman, Handbook of Experimental Political Science, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.
Graeme Blair, Jasper Cooper, Alexander Coppock, Macartan Humphreys, Aaron Rudkin, and Neal Fultz. “fabricatr: Imagine Your Data Before You Collect It.” R package.
Sensitivity bias in surveys
Do survey respondents answer sensitive questions truthfully? What can we do if they do not?
Graeme Blair, Alexander Coppock, Margaret Moor. “When to Worry About Sensitivity Bias: A Social Reference Theory and Evidence from 30 Years of List Experiments.” Revise and resubmit, American Political Science Review.
Graeme Blair and Kosuke Imai. “list: Statistical Methods for the Item Count Technique and List Experiment.” R package.
Graeme Blair, Yang-Yang Zhou, and Kosuke Imai. “rr: Statistical Methods for the Randomized Response Technique.” R package.
POL SCI 50: Comparative Politics (undergraduate lecture). Winter 2017, 2018.
I am part of the cross-university teaching collaboration Democratic Erosion. The last third of POL SCI 50 focuses on democratic erosion from a comparative perspective.
POL SCI 200E: Experimental Design for Social Science (Ph.D. seminar). Fall 2016, Winter 2018, Fall 2019. Syllabus
POL SCI 240a/b: Comparative Politics Field Seminar (Ph.D. seminar). Fall-Winter 2016-17, 2019-20. Syllabus
Improving Designs in the Social Sciences (Ph.D. workshop), 2016-2018 (Co-convener)
Politics of Order and Development Lab (Ph.D. workshop), 2018- (Co-convener)