usheraThe Potomac Institute for Policy Studies welcomes Dr. Sara Usher, a CReST Fellow in the Science and Technology Division.

A recent graduate of the University of Oxford, Sara earned her doctorate in International Relations. Her doctoral research involved an interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approach to understanding civil wars. Drawing on a background of anthropology, biology, and psychology, she applied evolutionary-biology theory, applied mathematics, statistical analyses and process tracing methods to better understand various types of conflict and violence. Prior to her doctorate, Sara was employed in the pharmaceutical industry and has collaborative research experience with scientists from Princeton University, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Sara was previously employed in the policy sector as an intern and later consultant for the RAND Corporation, a consultant for the Peace and Justice Centre in Edinburgh, UK, and as an instructor for the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.


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