Fotini Christia Group

Fotini Christia is the current director of SSRC as well as associate director of IDSS. Her research looks at how individuals, groups, and institutions in embattled societies shape and are shaped by conflict.

She is primarily interested in how cooperation emerges in violently contested environments, and what role identity, material incentives, networks, and institutions play in that process. Her work brings a variety of sophisticated methods to bear in answering these questions and draws upon empirics from extensive fieldwork in diverse areas of the Muslim world.


Fotini Christia


Laura Dorson

Research Areas

Artificial Intelligence

Data Science

Info & Decision

Machine Learning

Impact Areas

Big Data

Healthcare / Medicine


Social Networks

Leadership Team

Fotini Christia headshot

Fotini Christia

Director, SSRC / Associate Director, IDSS

Ford International Professor, Social Sciences