Michael Callen is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and visiting scholar at the Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley. He completed his PhD in economics at the University of California, San Diego in 2011.
His current research focuses on reducing violence and improving political institutions in developing countries. Randomized control trials in support of this agenda have been recently completed in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda and are ongoing in Pakistan and at the newly established American University Afghanistan Behavioral Research Laboratory. This research has been funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID Development Innovation Ventures, the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Center, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).
Callen has published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the British Journal of Political Science and has work under invited resubmission at the Journal of International Economics.