Yuri M. Zhukov is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Faculty Associate with the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. His research focuses on the causes, dynamics, and outcomes of conflict at the international and local levels. His methodological areas of interest include spatial statistics, mathematical/computational modeling, and text analysis. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University. He also holds degrees from the Graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (M.A.) and Brown University (A.B.). His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Peace Research. He also regularly writes essays and opinion pieces for Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, and other general-audience publications. Prior to academia, he worked in a variety of civilian and contractor positions for the US Department of Defense, most recently as a Program Manager at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University. While there, he developed and organized a series of multinational command and staff exercises for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and US Central Command, and helped facilitate military-to-military contacts with the armed forces of Russia and Pakistan.