Christopher Fariss

Christopher Jennings Fariss

Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Associate Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research


Christopher Fariss’ core research interest is in the politics of human rights, violence, and repression. He uses computational methods to understand why governments around the world choose to torture, maim, and kill individuals within their jurisdiction. Other projects cover a broad array of themes, ranging from foreign aid to American voting behavior, but share a focus on computationally intensive methods and research design. These methodological tools, essential for analyzing “big data”, open up new insights into the micro-foundations of state repression.

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