Laura Resnick Samotin is a PhD Candidate in the political science department at Columbia University. Her dissertation examines how military popularity and the rise of militarism contributes to reduced military effectiveness in democracies. In addition, she conducts research on political psychology, specifically on bias in decision-making processes; military technological innovation; and on various aspects of terrorism.
Ms. Resnick Samotin is a Cordier Fellow in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, where she instructs masters-level courses in international relations theory. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California in Fall 2018. Before starting her PhD, she was a researcher at The Good Judgement Project at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and M.Phil from Columbia University.