Christopher Fariss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. Before his current position, he held postings at Pennsylvania State University. Fariss received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. His research focuses on the politics and measurement of human rights, discrimination, violence, and repression. He uses computational methods to understand why governments around the world torture, maim, and kill individuals within their jurisdiction and the processes monitors use to observe and document these abuses. He received the Roy C. Buck Award for best-refereed publication by an untenured social science faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University in 2015. You can find him on Twitter @cjfariss.