Web Page: http://vmironova.net/
Vera is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Maryland. She is a Principal Investigator of a “Voices of Syria” project – a public opinion poll from inside a Syrian conflict. Her research addresses civil-military relations in civil war. She seeks to understand why some people voluntarily join rebel forces while others do not and to what extent do the preferences of civilians and combatants clearly align on goals and outcomes from violence.
In addition to Syria, she conducted research in the Balkans (Bosnia, Kosovo, and Croatia), Africa (DRC Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda), Caucuses (Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia) and Central Asia (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kirgizstan). She holds an MS with distinction in computer science and an MA in economic geography from Moscow State University (Russia). She has worked as an evaluation consultant for the World Bank. Her PhD study was sponsored by Open Society Institute and her previous research has been published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.