People of the Democratic Statecraft Lab

Tobias Grossmann

Tobias Grossmann

Associate Professor of Psychology

Tobias Grossmann is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the development of the social, cognitive and brain processes that underpin adaptive social communication and behavior. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Tobias has published more than 70 journal articles and his research has been continuously funded since 2008 -by the Wellcome Trust (UK), Max Planck Society (Germany) and the National Science Foundation (USA). He has been the recipient of major international awards from the Society for Research in Child Development and the Association for Psychological Science.



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