Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Research

Research serves as a guide to knowledge, leading us towards advancements and better understanding. It allows us to challenge assumptions, refine current beliefs, and uncover new solutions to pressing questions. Research is the foundation of progress, carrying us forward through scientific exploration and objective decision-making.


Recent Highlights

Dr. John Chin spoke to Deutsche Welle about recent coups in Africa, the impact of sanctions, and the path back to democracy in "Africa's wave of coups stokes fears among autocrats" on September 7, 2023.
Dr. Jonathan Cervas spoke to The Guardian about the U.S. Supreme Court case Allen v. Milligan and Alabama's refusal to redraw its congressional map in "How Alabama is defying the supreme court to discriminate against Black voters" on September 1, 2023.

Dr. Bill Marcellino spoke to Wired about how AI may influence information campaigns in "The Generative AI Boom Could Fuel a New International Arms Race" on September 7, 2023.

Dr. Baruch Fischhoff spoke to NBC News about how our resilience systems are no longer working in "Extreme disasters are overwhelming safety systems not designed for climate-fueled eventson August 16, 2023. 

John ChinResearch Highlight: John Chin

Coups are a leading cause of the death of democracy and breakdown of constitutional rule. Though they often have massive political and economic consequences, their origins are notoriously difficult to study, in part because they are plotted under the veil of secrecy. When coup makers strike, it isn’t always clear who is behind the coup or what they want, and debate can arise about whether what is happening is a coup at all. Sorting through the who, what, when, where, and why of coup attempts since World War II is hard, but that’s what CMIST Assistant Teaching Professor John Chin has worked on for the past seven years.

Ignacio AranaResearch Highlight: Ignacio Arana

The World Leaders Database Project is an extension of Assistant Professor Ignacio Arana's research on elites. This database is currently being integrated and contains detailed biographical information about the more than 1,800 national leaders that have governed countries around the world from 1970-2020. The goal is to address pressing questions about how the uniqueness of national leaders may relate to issues of foreign policy and domestic governance, including tendencies towards authoritarianism and policies related to democratic development.

IDeaS Center for Informed Democracy & Social-cybersecurity

The Carnegie Mellon Institute for Security and Technology (CMIST) has strong ties to the Center for Informed Democracy and Social-cybersecurity (IDeaS)Dr. Mark KamletUniversity Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Provost Emeritus, is a co-Director along with Dr. Kathleen Carley, a Professor of Computer Science in the Institute for Software Research, an IEEE Fellow, and the Director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems. CMIST faculty members Ignacio Arana, Baruch Fischhoff, and Daniel Silverman also serve as IDeaS faculty.