Bardia Rahmani is a Ph.D. student in political science majoring in comparative politics and minoring in political methodology. He is interested in electoral behavior, especially the conditions under which people from underrepresented groups decide to run for political office and vote, as well as how mass media influences political attitudes and behaviors. He investigates these questions using experimental and quasi-experimental methods. His ongoing research projects involve field experiments in poor, rural regions of East Africa.
Prior to Columbia, Mr. Rahmani worked as a field researcher in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region and in East Timor, where he focused on issues of political accountability. He also covered the politics of these countries as a freelance journalist. He speaks Persian, French, and Tetun, and is learning Swahili.
Mr. Rahmani holds a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in political science from Columbia University. He is the 2020-21 recipient of the William T.R. Fox Fellowship in Political Science.