Miriam Barnum

Ph.D. Candidate

Political Science and International Relations

University of Southern California

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California, and a US-Asia Grand Strategy Predoctoral Fellow at USC’s Korean Studies Institute. I am also the Director of Data Science at the Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab.

I am interested in how and why states make particular arming choices, the relationship between economic factors and security outcomes such as arming and conflict, and the innovations in measurement necessary to advance the study of these relationships. My dissertation asks why states choose to pursue chemical and biological weapons. Other ongoing research projects relate to arming choices more generally, international conflict, and nonproliferation and arms control, with a focus on applying computational measurement models to enhance our understanding of these substantive areas.