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Research Affiliate and Senior Analyst, University of Central Florida

Clayton Besaw (Ph.D. University of Central Florida) is a political psychologist and computational social scientist. He currently serves as a political events forecaster within One Earth Foundation's forecasting track. Clayton’s research background explores patterns in conflict and political violence, with a focus on extremist recruitment and behavior. The results of this work have been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Conflict Management and Peace Science.


  • 2017–present
    Affiliated Scholar, University of Central Florida - KPSP
  • 2018–present
    Visiting Scholar, University of Colorado
  • 2017–present
    Research Associate, One Earth Future Foundation


  • 2018 
    University of Central Florida, PhD Security Studies


  • 2018
    Where the Insurgents Aren't: Rurality, Information, and Nonterritorial Insurgency, Journal of Conflict Resolution
  • 2017
    Jihadist waves: Syria, the Islamic State, and the changing nature of foreign fighters, Conflict Management and Peace Science

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Peace Science Association
  • International Society of Political Psychology

Research Areas

  • Applied Statistics (010401)
  • Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing (0801)
  • Economic Models And Forecasting (140303)
  • Cognitive Sciences (1702)