Chris Blattman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches on International development, program evaluation, applied econometrics, and the political economy of violence. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s in Public Administration and International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Blattman’s research examines the causes and consequences of civil war, the ties between poverty and violence, strategies for poverty alleviation , as well as youth employment in Africa–especially among troubled or unstable populations, like ex-combatants, street youth, and refugees. Much of his work employs field experiments and natural experiments in conflict and post-conflict regions. He has ongoing studies in Liberia, Uganda, and Ethiopia.