People of the Democratic Statecraft Lab

Joshua Alley

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Joshua Alley is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Democratic Statecraft Lab and the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. His research interests span alliance politics and the political economy of security. He is currently examining how alliance participation affects military spending and related issues in the domestic politics of alliances. His research is published or forthcoming in International Interactions and two edited volumes. 

He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2020, and also holds a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from Gettysburg College.


Todd Sechser

Todd S. Sechser

Professor of Politics, Lab Director

Coauthor of Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

Expertise in international relations, foreign policynuclear securityemerging technologies


Dale Copeland

Professor of Politics
Tobias Grossmann

Tobias Grossmann

Associate Professor of Psychology
Harry Harding

Harry Harding

Professor of Public Policy, Batten School
David Leblang

David Leblang

Professor of Politics

Syaru Shirley Lin

Associated Faculty Department of Politics and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, Miller Center of Public Affairs
Anne Meng

Anne Meng

Assistant Professor of Politics
John Owen

John M. Owen

Professor of Politics, Department Chair

Mila Versteeg

Professor of Law, UVA School of Law

Kirill Zhirkov

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics


Joshua Alley

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Sowon Park

Graduate Fellow

Justin Schon

Research Affiliate

Luke Shimek

David and Linda Gibson Postdoctoral Fellow in Democracy

Alexis Yang

Doctoral Research Assistant

Lab Support