Michael Colaresi PhD, Indiana University, 2002

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Michael Colaresi is the William S. Dietrich II Chair of Political Science. His work leverages the accelerating availability of computational tools and digitized text to analyze patterns of national security secrecy and oversight,  international and intrastate violence, and changes in human rights over time. His most recent book, Democracy Declassified: The Secrecy Dilemma in National Security (Oxford University Press), explores the effectiveness of legislative oversight, freedom of information laws and the press in resolving the inherent contradiction between domestic accountability and private information in liberal states. Democracy Declassified was shortlisted for the 2015 Conflict Research Society book prize. His current projects use advances in machine learning and Bayesian data analysis to improve our ability to predict and understand international relations. He also develops computational and visual tools that enable domain specialists to work alongside computer scientists to improve specific applications. He is co-editor of the journal International Interactions and was co-recipient of the Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology from the Methodology section of the American Political Science Association in 2006. In his previous position at Michigan State University, he founded and directed the Social Science Data Analytics initiative.


Areas of Expertise

International Relations and Methodology


Colaresi, Michael. Forthcoming. "Fighting Abroad, Fighting at Home (and Vice Versa): Identifying the Relationship Between Civil and Interstate Conflict with Fewer Assumptions." Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory. 

Colaresi, Michael and Zuhaib Mahmood. 2017. ``Do the Robot: Lessons from Machine Learning to Improve Conflict Forecasting'' Journal of Peace Research 54(2).


Colaresi, Michael. 2016. "Preplication, Replication: A Proposal to Efficiently Upgrade Journal Standards" International Studies Perspectives 17(4): 367-378.


Carey, Sabine, Michael Colaresi and Neil Mitchell. 2016. ``Risk Mitigation, Regime Security, and Militias: Beyond Coup-proofing'' International Studies Quarterly 60 (1): 59-72.


Colaresi, Michael. 2014. Democracy Declassified: The Secrecy Dilemma in World Politics. Oxford University Press.



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