Michelle L. O'Brien

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Research Interests

Migration, computational demography, politics and conflict, nationalism, Post-Soviet Union

My dissertation project examines the relationship between political conflict and migration. I use cases from the former Soviet Union to investigate the effects of social conflict, and the long-term effects of armed conflict on migration dynamics. In addition to my own project, I am an active participant in a number of collaborative efforts. These projects examine migration dynamics and political conflict from different perspectives, and using different cases, including those in Nepal, and Thailand.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters


Williams, Nathalie, Michelle O'Brien and Xiaozheng Yao. 2016. "Using Survey Data for Agent-Based Modeling: Design and Challenges in a Model of Armed Conflict and Population Change." Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies: Concepts, Methods, and Applications. Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis.

Groeneveld, Jurgen, Anna Klabunde, Michelle O'Brien and Andre Grow. 2016. "How to Describe Agent-Based Models?" Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies: Concepts, Methods, and Applications. Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis.

O'Brien, Michelle. "Migration as an Adaptive Response to Ethnonationalism in Contemporary Russia." Under review.

Working Papers

"Weak Institutions and International Migration in Tajikistan"
"Migration Responses to Political Conflict in Thailand"
"Exit-Voice Dynamics and Grievances in Autocratic States"
"The Dynamics of Marriage and Migration Timing in Nang Rong, Thailand: A Multi-State Model"
"Population Changes and The Onset of Conflict in the Southern Thailand Insurgency"

Preferred Statistical Programming Languages

R, advanced; Stata, advanced; Python, intermediate