MID Team

Faculty

Glenn Palmer has been involved with the MID project since its second iteration (MID 2) and is currently the leader of the project. He is Liberal Arts Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Penn State Political Science Department. His research focuses on international security and domestic politics.

Vito D’Orazio has been involved with the MID project since its fourth iteration (MID 4) and is a PI on the current grant, with primary responsibility for developing our machine learning classifier and crowd-sourcing process. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. His interests include international conflict, military cooperation, and research methods.

Michael Kenwick has been involved with the MID project since its fourth iteration (MID 4) and has helped to manage the MID 5 team. He is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. His research interests are in international security with emphases in civil-military relations and border politics.

Roseanne McManus joined the MID project in 2018 and serves as deputy leader and heir apparent to Glenn. She is an Associate Professor at Penn State. Her research focuses on international security and particularly on interstate signaling and communication in the context of international conflict.

Research Assistants

Mikaela Karstens is foreperson of the MID project, with responsibility for managing day-to-day aspects of the coding. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State, whose research focuses on the ways through which state and non-state actors attempt to build power and influence through nation-building activities and strategic political violence.

Chase Bloch is currently responsible for running our machine learning classifier and has also served as a coder for the MID project. He is a Ph.D. student at Penn State with research interests in interstate conflict, IPE, and text analysis.

Nick Dietrich is currently one of the two primary coders for the MID project and has also been involved in our efforts to study best practices for using news databases. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State. His research focuses on  human rights, with a particular interest in how states suppress information and avoid accountability.

Kayla Kahn is the newest member of the MID team and is assisting with aggregating militarized incidents into MIDs and other tasks related to finalizing the MID 5 dataset. She is a first-year Ph.D. student at Penn State with an interest in interstate conflict.

Kellan Ritter is currently one of the two primary coders for the MID project. He is a Ph.D. student at Penn State with research interests in civil conflict and domestic institutions, civilian victimization, and state formation.

Affiliates

Zeev Maoz was responsible for coding the first version of the MID data. Today, he serves as Director of the Correlates of War Project, and he directs the coding of the Dyadic MID dataset at UC-Davis. In both capacities, he interacts regularly with the MID team at Penn State. He is a Distinguished Professor at UC-Davis, with research interests in international security and Middle Eastern politics.

Faten Ghosn was the lead RA in the third iteration of the MID project (MID 3). Today she remains involved with the MID project in a consultative capacity. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the interactions of adversaries, be they conflictual or cooperative.

Michael Soules is a former coder for the MID project who continues to consult with our team. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State. His research interests lay in terrorism and civil war, with a specific focus on armed group recruitment processes and women’s participation in political violence.

Zhanna Terechshenko was an RA for the MID project in the years 2015-2018, and she continues to consult with the MID team on technical issues. She is a post-doctoral fellow at NYU, with a focus on text as data.