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David Peyton


David Peyton is a research fellow at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a Ph.D. candidate in the department of political science at Northwestern University, where he studies peacekeeping, foreign assistance, and economic development in postcolonial states. His research takes a special interest in the strategies that conflict-affected populations deploy to cope with the consequences of state weakness, including the use of social networks to produce public goods such as security, education, and health services. These topics are analyzed using data gathered over the course of eighteen months in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where David is a research affiliate at the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC and served as an HIA-Tom Lantos Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congressman Tom Perriello. David has also worked as a research associate at the Urwego Opportunity Bank in Kigali, Rwanda, where he conducted market research on small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. He received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.


Update January 2019