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I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. My dissertation, How Terrorism Creates Foreign Fighters: A Study of the Islamic State’s Recruitment on Social Media Using Twitter Microdata, examines how the Islamic State exploits rising anti-Muslim hostility in the wake of terrorist attacks to recruit foreign fighters in the West. My other projects study the effect of war on pro-social behavior, the impact of terrorism on the dissemination of right-wing ideology in popular media, and the link between territorial salience and political identification. I am also interested in quantitative research methods including automated text analysis and machine learning.
Before entering graduate school, I worked four years as a counterterrorism research officer in the Israeli Directorate of Military Intelligence and one year in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I hold a B.A., summa cum laude, in Politics with Highest Honors from New York University.
For more information, visit my website: http://tamarmitts.com