Academic Institution University of Pittsburgh
Academic department Department of Political Science
Disciplines International Relations, Computational Social Science, Political Science
Area(s) of Expertise Conflict forecasting, applications of Bayesian modeling and machine learning to social science, text as data, disinformation, war, conflict, rivalries, and human rights
Michael Colaresi is the William S. Dietrich II Professor of Political Science and the research and academic director of Pitt Cyber, as well as the director of the Pitt Disinformation Lab. His work leverages the accelerating availability of computational tools, including machine learning and Bayesian approaches, along with unstructured information, such as from digitized text, to build and improve models of national security secrecy and oversight, international and intrastate violence, and changes in human rights over time. He also develops computational and visual tools that enable domain specialists to work alongside computer scientists to improve specific applications. He was the co-editor of the journal International Interactions from 2014-2019 and was co-recipient of the Best Visualization Award from the Journal of Peace Research in 2017 and the Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology from the Methodology section of the American Political Science Association in 2006. He has been PI or co-PI on four NSF grants and is a research affiliate for the ERC-funded Violence Early Warning Project at the University of Uppsala.