John Beieler

PhD Student in Political Science


I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, I am a trainee in the NSF Big Data Social Science IGERT program for 2013-2015. My substantive research focuses on international conflict and instances of political violence such as terrorism and substate violence. I also have interests in big data, machine learning, event forecasting, and social network analysis; much of my work revolves around issues of “data science.”

I aim to bring these substantive and methodological interests together in order to further research in international relations and enable greater predictive accuracy for events of interest. Some examples of current projects are:

  • Forecasting international events of interest using event data
  • Using network analysis to determine why states sponsor terrorism
  • Using text analysis to examine how speech differs between terrorist organizations
  • Many more

Additionally, I enjoy working on software projects that aid in the examination of various forms of data, or just make life easier for myself and others. More information about these projects can be found on my Github.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jub270 [at] psu [dot] edu.