Kolby is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Political Science. He studies civil conflict and political economy, particularly in South and Southeast Asia.
His dissertation project, "Militant Recruitment In and Out of Ceasefire," looks at the ways in which violence shapes militant organizations and the soldiers they recruit. It explores how low levels of violence following a ceasefire affect the information problems armed groups face in recruiting and controlling soldiers. It builds a theory through game theoretic modeling supplemented with qualitative interviews in Northeast India and Sri Lanka. It then tests the theory with village-level surveys and conjoint survey experiments in Northeast India, as well as cross-conflict event data.