Originally published in Graduate School of Public and International Affairs



Luke Condra

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


I research the politics of violence in conflict-ridden, emerging democracies. My work relies on interviews, surveys, and experiments in the field, as well as the collection of large micro-level datasets, to develop and test theories of intrastate conflict, and study insurgency’s effects on processes and institutions of democratization. Prior to coming to Pitt, I spent a year as an Empirical Studies of Conflict Postdoctoral Scholar at UC-San Diego. 

Teaching and Research Interests

International Security; Comparative Politics; Political Violence; Research Methods

Select Publications 

  • Condra, Luke N., James D. Long, Andrew C. Shaver, and Austin L. Wright. "The Logic of Insurgent Electoral Violence." American Economic Review. 
  • Condra, Luke N. and Sera Linardi. "Casual Contact and Ethnic Bias: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan." The Journal of Politics. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

Funded Research 

International Growth Centre Small Projects Grant (with Michael Callen, Eli Berman, Tarek Ghani, Mitch Downey, and Mohammed Isaqzadeh). Co-Investigator. "Community Monitoring to Address Leakage in Roads Construction in Afghanistan," 2015. (£20,000)

Central Research Development Fund, University of Pittsburgh (with Mohammad Isaqzadeh). Prinicipal Investigator. "Islamic Authority and Counterinsurgency: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan," 2012. ($13,800)

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • Co-winner of the 2016 Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for best paper in comparative politics presented at the Midwest Political Science Association’s Annual Conference (“Clerics and Scriptures: Experimentally Disentangling the Influence of Religious in Afghanistan”)


  • Global Governance
  • Ethnic Politics
  • Economics and Politics of Counterinsurgency
  • Ethics and National Security
  • Human Trafficking
  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods

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

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