Within international relations, my research has involved innovative approaches to studying the causes of civil conflict, with an emphasis on how environmental  pressures shape patterns of political violence. My methodological interests include limited dependent variable models, econometric and causal inference methods, mixed and combined methods approaches, and event data.

Keywords: International Relations & Political Violence

Research Interests:

  • International relations: political violence; environmental conflict; civil war; the geography of violence
  • Methodology: computational social science; mixed distribution models; causal inference; mixed methods; event data

He studies micro-dynamics of violence, analyzes the behavior of combatants and perpetrators, and evaluates the specific mechanisms that generate conflict and other forms of political violence at the highly localized level

Using a combination of “big data” analysis and archival research, Koren’s current work analyzes the implications of factors such as local political power asymmetries or food security and climatic variations to conflict and political violence, and experiments with creating theoretically informed indicators to measure the distribution of different political and economic factors at the highly localized level.


  • International Relations
  • Political Methodology
  • Comparative Politics
  • Applied Economics
Past Affiliations

PhD Student, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (past)

Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (past)

Political Science
PhD, University of Minnesota, Political Science, 2017
MA, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Political Science, 2016
MSc, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Applied Economics, 2016
AB, Dartmouth College, Government and History, 2012