Democratic Prosperity


Justin received his PhD in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research sits at the intersection of armed conflict, migration, and climate change. While at the University of Virginia, he will add a public health dimension to his research. His book Surviving the War in Syria: Survival Strategies in a Time of Conflict is scheduled for release with Cambridge University Press in November 2020.


David Leblang is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics of politics at the University of Virginia and is a faculty associate at the Miller Center. He is also a professor of public policy at the University’s Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy, where he is director of the Global Policy Center. A specialist in political economy, Leblang has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the Directorate of Finance and Economics of the European Commission, and the Department of Defense.


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).

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