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Education & Affiliations

PhD in Political Science, Yale University | Exp. 2026
New Haven, CT, U.S.

Visiting Researcher, University of Lagos | 2023
Lagos, Nigeria

MA in War Studies, King's College London | 2018
London, U.K.

BA in Political Science (Minor in Statistics), University of Chicago | 2016
Chicago, IL, U.S.


Grasse, Don, Pavlik, Melissa Matfess, Hilary, and Travis B. Curtice. 2021. “Opportunistic Repression: Patterns of civilian targeting by the state in response to COVID-19.” International Security 46 (2): 130–165.

Grasse, Don and Melissa Pavlik. 2023. “Climate change, conflict, and property rights: Evidence from Nigeria.Working paper.

Pavlik, Melissa and Ryan Pike. 2023. “Words of Warcraft: Experimental Evidence of States’ Social Media Frames during the Russia-Ukraine Invasion.Working Paper.

Pavlik, Melissa and Johannes Wiedemann. 2022. “The Cost of Doing Business: Sender-state firms and supply-side sanctions politics.”** Working Paper.

Pavlik, Melissa. 2021. “Contours of Conflict: An investigation of network centrality and typologies of Taliban violence in Afghanistan.” Working Paper.

Ongoing Projects

Producing Precarity: The coercive logic of non-enforcement.Dissertation book project
On missing NGO data in International Relations. With Sarah Bush and Jennifer Hadden

[Selected] Analysis & General Audience

Pavlik, Melissa. “The Horror and the Humanity: Review of Samuel Moyn’s Humane.” Tocqueville 2021. September 9, 2021.

Pavlik, Melissa. “Anti-Interventionism Isn’t Enough For Left Foreign Policy.”Foreign Policy. August 28, 2021.

Selected publications for World Politics Review (WPR) | 2021 - 2022

Grasse, Don, Melissa Pavlik, Hilary Matfess, and Travis B. Curtice.“Autocratic governments are using coronavirus as a pretext to clamp down on opponents.The Washington Post. July 31, 2020.

Selected publications for the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) | 2018 - 2020


2021- | Editorial Assistant
American Political Science Review (APSR) Editorial Board Member Elisabeth Wood

2021- | (Quantitative) Research Assistant
Institute for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University

2017 - 2021 | Research Analyst
Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)

2017 – 2018 | Research Analyst
Emerging African Paradigms Project at King’s College London

2016 - 2017 | Research Analyst & Head of Counterterrorism Team
Institute for the Study of War

Awards, grants, honors

2023 | **Pre-Dissertation Research Grant** from _MacMillan Center for International Area Studies_<br>

2022 | **Graduate Fellowship** from _Overbrook Fellowship Fund_<br>

2018 | **Postgraduate scholarship** from the _Sidney Perry Foundation_<br>

2018 | **Postgraduate scholarship** from _Chizel Education Foundation Trust Award_<br>

2018 | **Postgraduate scholarship** from _Veterans for Peace_<br>

2017 | **Research Fellowship** from _The Hertog Foundation_<br>


Programming R, Python (Intermediate), SQL (Beginner), HTML/CSS, Stata (Reluctant)
Visualization & Markup LaTeX, Markdown, Tableau
Geo-spatial QGIS, ArcGIS, Python spatial stack, Google Earth Engine


April 2023 | <b>Boston Area Working Group on African Political Economy (BWGAPE)</b><br>

March 2023 | <b>Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA)</b><br>

October 2022 | <b>American Political Science Association (APSA)</b><br>

October 2021 | <b>Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA)</b><br>

October 2021 | <b>American Political Science Association (APSA)</b> [DECLINED - COVID]<br>

October 2021 | <b>Yale University's Political Violence & Its Legacies (PVL)</b><br>

October 2021 | <b>Conflict Dynamics Workshop</b><br>

February 2019 | <b>Commonwealth: Countering the Diversion of Small Arms and Light Weaponry</b><br>

July 2019 | <b>Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) Working Group</b><br>

October 2019 | <b>New Methods in Empirical Conflict Research</b><br>


Professor Elisabeth Wood, Political Science Department, Yale University (Fall 2023)

Professor Kate Baldwin, Political Science Department, Yale University

Professor Robert Wooster, Statistics & Data Science Department, Yale University


Editorial Assistant American Political Science Review (2021– )

Student coordinator Leitner Political Economy Workshop at Yale University (2022– )

Peer Reviewer International Interactions (2021), Journal of Experimental Political Science (2022)

Co-organizer Yale Political Science Department Skit (2022) [script available upon request [no]]