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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


Melani Cammett Poulomi Chakrabarti David Alexander Romney Chagai Weiss Alexandra Siegel David Alexander Romney Joshua Gubler Christopher Karpowitz J. Quin Monson David Alexander Romney Mikle South David Alexander Romney Amaney Jamal Robert Keohane Dustin Tingley Yichen Guan Dustin Tingley David Alexander Romney Amaney Jamal Robert Keohane Amaney A Jamal Robert O Keohane David Alexander Romney Dustin Tingley