Ian Orringer is an M.A. student of political science at Columbia University. He completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in political science and German studies in 2019, graduating with honors, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. During this time, he co-authored research on terrorist target selection and empirically analyzed various determinants of informal migration outcomes across the US-Mexico border for his honors thesis. This study included how the number of border patrol agents and domestic factors of origin countries impacted migrant numbers and deaths.
In the final year of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Orringer was awarded the Verband der Deutsches-Amerikanisches Clubs scholarship to study abroad at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. There, he bolstered both his German language skills and his political science knowledge, especially in EU politics.
His main research interests include causes of war and peace, crisis management, and diplomacy.