Alexei Abrahams

I research misinformation and cybersecurity using big data and social science methods. I am a member of the TaSC team at the Shorenstein Center, Harvard University. I also consult for the World Bank, helping to lead a project on monitoring and analyzing social media. I hold a PhD in Economics from Brown University (2015) and am an affiliate of Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC)I was previously a research fellow at the Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, an Open Technology Fund information controls research fellow, and a research fellow at Princeton University's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, the Middle East Initiative (Harvard Kennedy School - Belfer Center), and the University of California at San Diego's Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation.


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JOURNAL/MAGAZINE ARTICLES + BOOK CHAPTERS:
Media Manipulation & Disinformation During The 2019 Canadian Federal Election: An Analysis of Twitter Activity
(book chapter with Gabrielle Lim; conditionally accepted)

(Conditionally accepted, Political Science Research & Methods)

(with Andrew Leber; forthcoming, International Journal of Communication)

(with Gabrielle Lim; Misinformation Review, July 2020)

(book review; Mediterranean Politics, June 2020)

(with Noura Aljizawi; Workshop Proceedings of the 14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, June 2020)

(with Andrew M. Leber; Mediterranean Politics, Apr 2020)

(Journal of Defence and Peace Economics, Feb 2020)

(MERIP, Dec 2019)

(with Andrew Leber; Review of Middle East Studies, Dec 2019)

(MERIP, Oct 2019)

(Chapter 7 in Proxy Wars: Suppressing Violence through Local Agents, edited by Eli Berman and David A. Lake, Cornell University Press, Spring 2019. It is posted here by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.)

(with Nancy Lozano-Gracia and Christopher Oram; Remote Sensing of Environment, June 2018)

(review essay in Mediterranean Politics, Sept. 2017)

NEWS/BLOG ARTICLES:
(Open Technology Fund Blog, May 2020)

(LSE Middle East Blog, October 2019)

(with Andrew Leber; ThinkProgress, April 2019)

(with Marc Owen Jones; Washington Post, June 2018)

WORKING PAPERS:
(with Brian Blankespoor, Bob Rijkers, and Roy van der Weide)

(with Eli Berman, Esteban Klor, Prabin Khadka, and John Powell)

UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS:
Bladerunning the GCC: a hashtag-based anomaly detection approach to propaganda bots in the Arabian Gulf (2017-present)
(with Marc Owen Jones)

(with Brandon Merrell; presented at APSA 2018, SPSA 2019, ISA 2019, and MPSA 2019)

King Makers and Peace Breakers: International Intervention and Post-War Violence
(with Brandon Merrell; presented at ISA 2019 and MPSA 2019)

The Secrecy Gambit: Clandestine Power Shifts and Preventive Conflict