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All funded Minerva research projects and their corresponding institutions and principal investigators are listed below. To learn more see project-specific links or refer to the Fall 2013 Minerva Research Summaries and Resources book.

2013 Minerva Research Awards Announced

The Minerva Steering Committee is pleased to announce it has selected fourteen proposals for the cadre of 2013 awards. All awarded projects are expected to be funded for at least three years; seven of the fourteen are large multi-university consortia eligible for an extension to five years. As usual, the selection process was extremely competitive. The Department solicited proposals in several topics of strategic importance and received a total of 280 white papers and 55 full proposals. The total funds awarded for this set of projects is expected to be over seven million dollars per year and as much as $23 million over three years. Researchers from nearly 35 academic institutions, including seven non-U.S. universities and three groups from industry/non-profits, are expected to participate in these fourteen research efforts.

2013 MINERVA AWARDS (2013-2016)

Lead Institution Principal Investigator Project Title
Naval Postgraduate School Naazneen Barma Public Service Provision as Peace-building: How do Autonomous Efforts Compare to Internationally Aided Interventions? [abstract]
Carnegie Mellon University Kathleen Carley Multi-Source Assessment of State Stability [abstract] [project site]
University of Kansas Jerome Dobson The Human Geography of Resilience and Change: Land Rights and Political Stability in Latin American Indigenous Societies [abstract][resumen en Español]
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Erik Gartzke Deterring Complex Threats: The Effects of Asymmetry, Interdependence, and Multi-polarity on International Strategy [abstract ][project site]
University of Maryland Michele Gelfand The Strength of Social Norms Across Cultures: Implications for Intercultural Conflict and Cooperation [abstract] [PI site]
University of Wisconsin – Madison Ted Gerber Homeownership and Societal Stability: Assessing Causal Effects in Central Eurasia [abstract]
University of Maryland Elisabeth Gilmore Forecasting civil conflict under different climate change scenarios [abstract]
The New School for Social Research Lawrence Hirschfeld Dynamics of Sacred Values and Social Responsibilities in Governance and Conflict Management: The Interplay between Leaders, Devoted Actor Networks, General Populations, and Time [abstract]
University of Iowa Steven Hitlin Moral Schemas, Cultural Conflict, and Socio-Political Action [abstract]
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Matthew Lieberman Neural Bases of Persuasion and Social Influence in the U.S. and the Middle East [abstract]
University of Tennessee at Knoxville Brandon Prins Political Reach, State Fragility, and the Incidence of Maritime Piracy: Explaining Piracy and Pirate Organization, 1993-2012 [abstract] [project site]
Naval Postgraduate School Maria Rasmussen Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why? Towards an Empirically Grounded Understanding of Individual Motivation in Terrorism [abstract]
University of North Carolina at Charlotte James Walsh Natural Resources and Armed Conflict [abstract]
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Patrick Winston METANORM: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Analysis and Evaluation of Norms and Models of Governance for Cyberspace [abstract]

2012 MINERVA AWARDS (2012-2015)

Lead Institution Principal Investigator Project Title
University of Vermont Saleem Ali Strategic Response to Energy-related Security Threats
Santa Fe Institute Luis Bettencourt Energy and environmental drivers of stress and conflict in multi-scale models of human social behavior
Harvard University Heidi Ellis Identifying and countering early risk factors for violent extremism among Somali refugee communities resettled in North America
University of Maryland Arie Kruglanski Uncovering the Motivational, Cognitive, and Social Elements of Radicalization and Deradicalization
University of California, San Diego David Mares Brazil as a Major Power: The Impact of its Military-Scientific-Industrial Complex on its Foreign and Defense Policy
University of California, San Diego David Meyer Quantifying Structural Transformation in China
University of Michigan Philip Potter Terrorist Alliances: Causes, Dynamics, and Consequences
Duke University Lincoln Pratson A Global Value Chain Analysis of Food Security and Food Staples for Major Energy-Exporting Nations in the Middle East and North Africa
Brown University Edward Steinfeld China's Emerging Capabilities in Energy Technology Innovation and Development
University of Florida Leonardo Villalón Political Reform, Socio-Religious Change, and Stability in the African Sahel
Pennsylvania State University Joseph Wright Regional Dynamics and Regime Disruption in Dictatorships

2009 DOD MINERVA AWARDS (2009-2014)

Lead Institution Principal Investigator (PI) Project Title
University of California, San Diego Tai Ming Cheung The Evolving Relationship Between Technology and National Security in China: Innovation, Defense Transformation, and China's Place in the Global Technology Order
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nazli Choucri ECIR - Explorations in Cyber International Relations
MIT ECIR site
Harvard ECIR site
University of Texas at Austin Francis J. Gavin Climate Change and African Political Stability
San Francisco State University David Matsumoto Emotion and Intergroup Relations
Princeton University Jacob Shapiro Terrorism, Governance, and Development
[Project data site]
Monterey Institute of International Studies Leonard Spector Iraq's Wars with the US from the Iraqi Perspective: State Security, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Civil-Military Relations, Ethnic Conflict and Political Communication in Baathist Iraq
Arizona State University Mark Woodward Finding Allies for the War of Words: Mapping the Diffusion and Influence of Counter-Radical Muslim Discourse

2009 DOD/NSF MINERVA AWARDS (2010-2013)

Principal Investigators Project Title
Patrick Barclay (University of Guelph) and Stephen Bernard (Indiana University) Status, Manipulating Group Threats, and Conflict Within and Between Groups
Eli Berman (University of California - San Diego) Workshop on the Political Economy of Terrorism and Insurgency
Cynthia Buckley (University of Texas - Austin) People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System
Martha Crenshaw (Stanford University) Mapping Terrorist Organizations
Rachel Croson (University of Texas - Dallas) Substantive Expertise, Strategic Analysis and Behavioral Foundations of Terrorism (Workshop)
Catherine Eckel (Texas A&M) and Charles Holt (University of Virginia) Behavioral Insights into National Security Issues
Virginia Fortna (Columbia University) Strategies of Violence, Tools of Peace, and Changes in War Termination
Barbara Geddes (University of California - Los Angeles) and Joseph Wright (Pennsylvania State University) How Politics Inside Dictatorships Affects Regime Stability and International Conflict
Jeff Hancock (Cornell University), Arthur Graesser (University of Memphis), and David Beaver (University of Texas - Austin) Modeling Discourse and Social Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes
J. Craig Jenkins (Ohio State University) Deciphering Civil Conflict in the Middle East
Roy Licklider (Rutgers University) New Armies from Old: Merging Competing Military Forces after Civil Wars (Workshop)
Robert Powell (University of California - Berkeley) Fighting and Bargaining over Political Power in Weak States
Laura Razzolini (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Atin Basuchoudhary (Virginia Military Institute) Predicting the Nature of Conflict - An Evolutionary Analysis of the Tactical Choice
William Reed, Charles Holt (University of Virginia), Timothy Nordstrom (University of Mississippi), and David Clark (State University of New York - Binghamton) Experimental Analysis of Alternative Models of Conflict Bargaining
Stephen Shellman (College of William and Mary), Remco Chang (University of North Carolina- Charlotte), Michael Covington (University of Georgia), Joseph Young (Southern Illinois University - Carbondale), Michael Findley (Brigham Young University) Terror, Conflict Processes, Organizations, and Ideologies: Completing the Picture
Jaroslav Tir (University of Georgia) Avoiding Water Wars: Environmental Security Through River Treaty Institutionalization
Geoffrey Wiseman (University of Southern California) Engaging Intensely Adversarial States: The Strategic Limits and Potential of Public Diplomacy in U.S. National Security Policy

View specific DoD/NSF awards for more information.