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David Romney

Assistant Professor
Political Science


I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at BYU. Prior to this, I was the Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in Harvard University's Weatherhead Scholars Program. I received a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2020, and I received my B.A. in Middle East Studies and Arabic, with a minor in Modern Hebrew, from Brigham Young University in 2013.

I study intragroup atttiudes and norms in situations of conflict, with a particular focus on Israel and Palestine. I address questions such as: How do members of ethnic groups form attitudes and develop ingroup norms toward others, and how can we change those attitudes and norms to improve intergroup relations? I also study the role of social media, misinformation, and conspiracy theories in the Middle East. In both of these research agendas, I use a diverse set of methodological approaches, including lab and survey experiments, natural experiments, and computational textual analysis.

Research Interests

- Ethnic conflict
- Misinformation/conspiracy theories
- Area focus in the Middle East and Southeast Asia

Teaching Interests

- Ethnic identity and politics
- Middle East politics
- Israel/Palestine
- Statistics for the social sciences

Courses Taught