Lauren Young

Lauren Young Portrait

Position Title
Associate Professor and Placement Director

665 Kerr Hall


Lauren Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UC Davis. She received my Ph.D. in political science with distinction from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford and the Center for Global Development (CGD) (non-resident). Professor Young is a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) and Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) networks and a co-organizer of the California Workshop on Empirical Political Science.  Her research aims to understand how individuals make decisions when faced with the threat of violence. In addition to her research on Zimbabwe, Professor Young has ongoing or completed research projects in Eastern Europe, Haiti, and Mexico that explore how violence and other forms of coercion affect political behavior.  A copy of her CV is here.