Alejandro Albanez Rivas Data Manager
Alejandro Albanez Rivas is the Data Manager at CPOST. His primary responsibility is to manage the collection, organization, analysis, and presentation of data produced by militant organizations, applying his skills to projects with domestic and international policy significance.
He was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He received his Master in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago in June 2016. Before his MPP, he worked as a Crime Analyst at the Sucre Mayor’s Office in Caracas. During that time, Alejandro evaluated the impact of the Hot Spot Homicide Reduction program, the flagship program at the Public Safety Department. He has also worked as a Data Analysis Coordinator at the Miranda Governor’s Office, where he designed a descriptive evaluation pilot study to assess the state government social policies’ political impact. Alejandro participated in several political campaigns in his home country, including two presidential races, performing data analysis and strategic planning.
His undergraduate dissertation was the study of the main factors associated with the fear of crime in the Sucre municipality, which by that time was the municipality with the second highest homicide rate in Caracas and its suburban areas. He completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela). He enjoys biking, swimming, reading, and listening to music.
Keven Ruby Research Director - Minerva Initiative Project
Keven Ruby is Senior Research Associate at CPOST and Research Director for CPOST's Minerva Initiative-funded research on militant propaganda. Keven has worked on a number of projects since joining CPOST in 2012, and has co-authored articles appearing in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the American Political Science Review. He is currently working on a book project with Robert Pape and Gentry Jenkins on the targeting logics of militant groups. Keven earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2012. He also holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a BA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.
Maria Derbani Graduate Researcher - Minerva Initiative
Maria Derbani is a first year Master's candidate and research assistant at CPOST. Since graduating from the University of Florida in spring of 2017, she is a graduate student at CMES and hopes to pursue a concentration on foreign policy and political violence. Maria is currently a member of the Minerva narrative team and assists in analyzing propaganda mechanisms of ISIS. She expects to graduate from the University of Chicago in the Spring of 2019.
Emma Madden Undergraduate Research Associate
Emma Madden is a student supervisor at CPOST and rising fourth year at the University of Chicago. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a focus in Arabic. Emma joined CPOST in Summer 2017 as a member of the data team and has worked on updating the Suicide Attack Database. She expects to graduate in June 2018.
Aysegul Uysal Graduate Research Associate
Aysegul Uysal is a research associate and student supervisor of the ISIS Narrative Analysis Team at CPOST. Her team focuses on uncovering the martyrdom appeals of the ISIS recruitment videos. Prior to joining to the Minerva Team, Aysegul worked as a data analyst for the Suicide Attack Database and produced detailed reports on the recruitment strategies of HAMAS. She has graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016, with BA in Political Science and a minor in Statistics. She is currently an MA student at the University focusing on political violence at the Middle East.
Jason Smith Undergraduate Research Associate
Jason Smith is a student supervisor and research associate at CPOST. He joined CPOST in 2015 as a member of the data team, which he has supervised since June 2016. At CPOST, he manages the Suicide Attack Database and contributes data to the Office of Naval Research project. He has also written on Nigeria and designed an original database of Syrian protest violence. He majors in philosophy and political science and will graduate in June 2018.
Andrew Mines Undergraduate Researcher Associate
Andrew Mines is a research associate at CPOST and a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago. He is majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a minor in Human Rights. Andrew is a student supervisor on CPOST's Minerva Initiative project, where he does analysis of ISIS media propaganda. He expects to graduate in the Spring of 2018.