Summer E. Lindsey


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University. My research agenda focuses on the enduring implications of armed conflict for human security. I contend that, while some post conflict security threats stem from structural change, many threats extend after armed conflict because of conflict’s effect on attitudes and norms.

My dissertation examines violence against women in the wake of armed conflict. I use a three-pronged approach—quantitative, experimental, and qualitative in nature—to empirically test attitude, norm, and behavior change in relation to armed conflict across eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 

I have conducted fieldwork in Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Croatia. My dissertation research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, Folke Bernadotte Academy, and the Earth Institute, Harriman Institute, and the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. 

I have also worked on the evaluation of two randomized control trials: a program designed to reduce violence against women in Madyha Pradesh, India and a community-driven development program in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In other research, I look at when and how rape is reported in the international media.