Scott Singer

BA Chicago MPhil Oxon

Research Topic:

The Strategic Role of Civilians in International Conflict
International Relations Network
Balliol College
DPhil International Relations

I am a DPhil candidate in International Relations at Balliol College, University of Oxford. My dissertation focuses on the strategic role of civilians in wide-ranging conflict settings, such as political violence and terrorism, economic statecraft, and disinformation campaigns. My research is generously funded by the Clarendon Scholarship and Balliol College Marvin Bower Scholarship.

Beyond my dissertation, I am also interested in US-China relations, political economy, and the development of quantitative research methods in IR. I have written in outlets including The Diplomat, Fulcrum at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, and University of Oxford Politics Blog, and currently work as a Graduate Research Assistant for Professors Duncan Snidal and Karolina Milewicz.

I previously obtained a BA with Honours in Economics and Fundamentals: Issues and Texts from the University of Chicago and MPhil with Distinction from St Antony's College, Oxford. I previously interned at the US Department of State in Taipei, in the US Senate, and served as Team Leader for Secretary of State Antony Blinken for the University of Chicago Institute of Politics Fellows Program.


  • Clarendon Scholarship

  • Balliol College Marvin Bower Scholarship

  • St Antony's College Travel and Research Grant

  • Howell Murray Alumni Association Award

  • Departmental Honors, Fundamentals: Issues and Texts

  • Maroon Key Society Inductee

  • Dean's Fund Recipient for Independent Research

  • Phillip Ng Foreign Language Acquisiton Grant for East Asia


  • English (native),

  • Mandarin (advanced),

  • Spanish (advanced), and

  • Hebrew (basic)


My research interests include:

  • Institutions and organisations,

  • International relations,

  • Violence security and conflict,

  • Political Economy

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