Kristen Kao received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg, where she contributes her expertise in survey methodology, experimental design, and Middle East politics to a team of researchers in conducting large-N, locally representative surveys (5,000+) in the developing world. Since 2006 she has been conducting fieldwork in the Middle East in places as diverse as Syria, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Tunisia, and Egypt. More recent fieldwork in Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya yielded three surveys of 25,000+ respondents examining the interaction of social institutions and local governance. Her recently funded projects include a multi-method study of the integration of Syrian migrants into Jordan, Turkey, and Sweden as well as a study on the drivers of forgiveness versus revenge among diverse groups in Iraq employing surveys and experiments. Kristen’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Swedish Research Council, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Political Science Association, among others. She has published in Comparative Politics, Survey Practice, Mediterranean Politics, The Washington Post, and Carnegie’s blog Sada, among others.

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