Gaurav Toor

Graduate Student


I am a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics where I specialize in African politics. I am studying the relationship between local ethnic demography and violence. My research is supported by EAP, Engaged Cornell, and IAD.

Research Focus

Violence and Civil Wars

My queries are motivated by the need to address, and hopefully decrease, political violence. 

I am currently researching two questions: a) Does local ethnic demography influence violence? and b) During post-civil war reconstruction, how do deaths impact the survival of peace?

For the first question, I am using Kenya as a case study to built original datasets of local ethnic demography. I then ask if it effects the spatial variation of violence.  

As for the second,  I am introducing a new variable, “Peace Deaths,” to understand the impact of deaths on the survival of post-civil war peace.