Bernd is an Assistant Professor in New York University's Wilf Family Department of Politics. His research focuses on issues related to international peace and security, and he is particularly interested in the effects of third-party interventions in armed conflicts. His work combines theories of strategic choice, methods for causal inference, statistical analysis, and survey methods.
He has studied the causes and consequences of international mediation in military conflicts, has been a co-investigator for a panel survey that tracked respondents across Sudan and South Sudan around the time of Sudan's partition, and co-led a survey in Liberia that investigated the micro-level effects of the country's ongoing UN peacekeeping mission. He has also written on the economics of rebel recruitment and on how to detect election fraud in data-poor environments.