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KARSTEN DONNAY
Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science
Department of Politics and Public Administration
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
Germany
karsten.donnay@uni-konstanz.de

Employment

Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science, Center for Data and Methods, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, since 2016

Postdoctoral Researcher, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland, 2015-16

Visiting Lecturer, Department of International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva, 2015-16

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva, 2014-16

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at ETH Zürich, Professorship of Computational Social Science, 2014-15

Education

ETH Zürich
Dr. sc., Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, 2010-2014
Major fields: Computational Social Science, Political Science
Dissertation: “Disssagregating Civil Conflict”
Committee: Dirk Helbing, Ravi Bhavnani, Scott E. Page

TU München:
Dipl. Phys., Department of Physics, 2008-2009
Major fields: Theoretical Physics, Complex Systems

McGill University:
Graduate studies, Department of Physics, 2007-2008
Major fields: Theoretical Physics, Complex Systems

TU München:
Undergraduate studies, Department of Physics and Mathematics, 2004-2007
Major fields: Physics, Mathematics

Research Interests

Micro-foundations of social (interaction) dynamics:
urban violence and crime
asymmetric intra-state conflict and terrorism
grievances and political instability
social influence through traditional and online media

Advanced quantitative methodology:
systematic, robust and reproducible integration of spatiotemporal datasets
statistical analysis of micro-level empirical data
mapping social processes using geographic information systems (GIS)
causal inference in spatiotemporal data
Big Data approaches for social science research
(agent-based) computational modeling

Academic Honors, Fellowships, and Grants

2015 American Journal of Political Science Best Article Award for “Group Segregation and Urban Violence”

2015 Nominated for ETH Dissertation Award (ETH Medal)

2015 Nominated for Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) Award 2015

2015 Nominated for Swiss Institute of International Studies (SIAF) Award 2015

2014 MINERVA: Aiding Resilience? The Impact of Foreign Assistance on the Dynamics of Intrastate Armed Conflict. Postdoctoral Fellowship, IHEID

2007 Full Scholarship McGill University (TU Munich exchange program)

Professional Service

Manuscripts: Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Terrorism and Political Violence, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, PLoS ONE, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Advances in Complex Systems
Conferences: IC2S2 2015
Grant Proposals: AidData Research Consortium

Teaching

Computational Social Science Seminar, Spring Semester 2017

Selected Topics in Data Science, Spring Semester 2017

Big Data Analysis, Block Course, Spring Semester 2017

Introduction to Computation for the Social Sciences, Fall Semester 2016

Big Data Analysis, Block Course, Fall Semester 2016

Advanced Quantitative Methods for Spatial and Big Data Analysis, Fall Semester 2015

Guest Lecturer, IHEID IR/PS Department PhD Seminar, Fall Semester 2014

Doctoral Program in Political Science (CUSO), Security Studies II Module 2012

Modeling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB, Fall Semester 2012

Modeling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB, Spring Semester 2012

Guest Lecturer, IHEID IR/PS Department PhD Seminar, Fall Semester 2011

Modeling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB, Fall Semester 2011

Modeling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB, Spring Semester 2011

Modeling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB, Fall Semester 2010

Memberships

European Political Science Association
Swiss Political Science Association
American Political Science Association
International Studies Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft