Vera Mironova

Visiting Fellow
Harvard University

Vera Mironova is a former START Terrorism Research Awardee, and is currently a visiting scholar in the Economics Department at Harvard University. From 2015 to 2018 she was an International Security Fellow at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her first book, From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists: Human Resources of Non-State Armed Groups, was the first published with the START-Oxford University Press book series.

Her research explores individual level behavior in conflict environments, and she has conducted field work in active conflict zones (Yemen, Iraq, Ukraine, and Palestinian territories) and post-conflict regions: Balkans (Bosnia, Kosovo, and Croatia), Africa (DR Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi), Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan), Asia (Bangladesh and Myanmar) and Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan). Her papers have been published in American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, World Development, and Journal of Experimental Political Science.

Her scholarship has been featured in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, BBC and Boston Globe. She has served as a commentator for a number of major media outlets, including The New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post and Vice News. She was featured in The New Scientist for her field work. Her public press articles appeared in Foreign Policy, Washington Post, The New Republic and Baltimore Sun among others and she is a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs.


  • University of Maryland, Ph.D. in Political Science, 2017
  • Moscow State University Lomonosov, M.Sc. (equivalent) in Applied Mathematics, 2007
  • Moscow State University Lomonosov, B.S. & M.S. (equivalent) in Social and Economic Geography of Foreign Countries, 2007

Researcher on START Projects