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David A. Siegel

Assistant Professor

Tel: 850.645.0083
Office: 541 Bellamy Building
Email: dsiegel@fsu.edu
Website: http://myweb.fsu.edu/dsiegel/

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business. 2006. Interests include American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Formal and Computational Methods, Political Violence, Elections, Terrorism, Social Networks.

Research Agenda:

I study the manner in which institutions, both formal and informal, mediate the interactions of individuals with disparate motivations. In the realm of pure collective action, this amounts to exploring the ways in which social networks, the media, and electoral institutions parse information and thereby alter the level and the nature of
collective action. Some research in this vein provides a qualitative typology of social network structure that may be used to predict levels of aggregate participation, and the degree to which the media may impact these. Other research describes the endogenous formation of parties and party identification among voters. These concepts applied to political violence lead to studies in the efficacy and the evolution of terrorist organizations, and the degree to which both state and substate repression is able to inhibit participation in a collective behavior such as turnout, protests, or rebellion. New projects extend these ideas to the endogenous development of institutions in early societies, and the endogenous formation of social identities.

Undergraduate Courses:

Terror and Politics
Politics and the Theory of Games
Research Methods in Political Science

Graduate Courses:

Advanced Formal Modeling
Political Institutions
Politics of Terror