My research uses fieldwork and quantitative methods, including natural and randomized experiments, to explore the causes and effects of conflict in the developing world. This includes the implications of aid, democracy promotion and military action. Although global in scope, much of my work is in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Afghanistan.
I also work on policy issues related to security and development, including through collaborations with the International Crisis Group, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the UN Foundation, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, USIP and the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
To date my research has been supported financially by the National Science Foundation, Jameel-Poverty Action Lab, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Innovations for Poverty Action, USAID, International Growth Centre, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany), CEGA/EDI, and Colciencias, among others.
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University. Before starting at Emory, I was an Economics of Conflict Fellow at the International Crisis Group and Princeton University (Niehaus Center in 2017-18 & Empirical Studies of Conflict 2018-19). Before graduate school, I worked for the United Nations and NGOs in Switzerland, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Ecuador, as well as contributing to journalistic outlets.
Get in touch: renard (dot) sexton (at) emory (dot) edu