My research centers around three main themes.

First, I study how political conflict, social crises, and war shape human behavior.  Currently, this interest has led me to research civilian victimization and political organizing in Mexico.  Second, I'm continually curious about interdependence and how interdependence influences various types of political phenomena, especially political organizing through both violent and nonviolent modes of collective action.  These inquiries inform a third focus, which is to better understand how social and data science tools -- with an emphasis on network analysis -- can enhance the prediction of conflict and violence across different political contexts.

To see how these themes manifest in my research articles see below,  click here for my CV, or check out my google scholar page. You can also see a list of my blog posts at Political Violence at a Glance, here



9.  Dorff, Cassy. "Violent and Nonviolent Resistance in Contexts of Prolonged Crisis: The Civilian Perspective."  Forthcoming at the Journal of Global Security Studies.

8.  Dorff, Cassy, and Jessica Maves Braithwaite. "Fear of Nonviolent Organizing in Mexico's Criminal Conflict." Journal of Global Security Studies 3.3 (2018): 271-284.

7.  Dorff, Cassy. "Violence, Kinship Networks, and Political Resilience: Evidence from Mexico." Journal of Peace Research. 54.4 (2017): 558-573.

6.  Dorff, Cassy, and Shahryar Minhas. "When do States Say Uncle? Network Dependence and Sanction Compliance." International Interactions 43.4 (2017): 563-588.

5.  Beger, Andreas, Cassy L. Dorff, and Michael D. Ward. "Irregular Leadership Changes in 2014: Forecasts using ensemble, split-population duration models." International Journal of Forecasting 32.1 (2016): 98-111.

4.  “Beger, Andreas, Cassy L. Dorff, and Michael D. Ward. "Ensemble forecasting of irregular leadership change." Research & Politics 1.3 (2014): 2053168014557511.

3. Dorff, Cassy, and Michael D. Ward. "Networks, Dyads, and the Social Relations Model.Political Science Research and Methods 1.2 (2013): 159-178.

2.  Metternich, Nils,  Cassy  Dorff, Max Gallop, Simon Weschle, & Michael D. Ward  (2013). "Anti-Government Networks in Civil Conflicts: How Network Structures Affect Conflictual Behavior." American Journal of Political Science57(4), 892-911.

1. Ward, Michael D. ,  Nils W. Metternich, Cassy Dorff, Max Gallop, Florian M. Hollenbach, Anna Schultz, and Simon Weschle. “Learning from the Past and Stepping into the Future: Toward a New Generation of Conflict Prediction,”  International Studies Review (2013) 15, 473–490.


"Latent Networks and Spatial Networks in Politics" with Shahryar Minhas and Michael Ward. The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks (2017).

“Les réseaux, les dyades et le modéle des relations sociales.''  Liber amicorum: Hommage en l'honneur du Professeur Jacques Fontanel.     Ed. Liliane Perrin-Bensahel and Jean-Francois Guilhaudis. Paris: L'Harmattan, March. 271-288. (2013) With Michael D. Ward. 


"Implications of the 2016 Elections for Internet/Digital Security, and Privacy" Published (2016) online for the Sie Center at the University of Denver (here) and available to download (here).

"The Mexican Criminal Conflict: The Government's Response to an Evolving Crisis." Published (2016) online for the Sie Center at the University of Denver (pdf).

"Civilian Opinion and Nonviolent Resistance: Survey Evidence from Mexico." Published (2015) online for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (pdf).