Michael Colaresi

  • William S. Dietrich II Professor
  • Department of Political Science

I am the William S. Dietrich II Chair of Political Science and currently the Research and Academic Director at the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security at the University of Pittsburgh. I am also an affiliate scholar in the Intelligent Systems Program at the School of Computing and Information.

My work leverages the accelerating availability of computational tools and digitized text to analyze patterns of national security secrecy and oversight,  international and intrastate violence, and changes in human rights over time. My most recent book, Democracy Declassified: The Secrecy Dilemma in National Security (Oxford University Press), explores the effectiveness of legislative oversight, freedom of information laws and the press in resolving the inherent contradiction between domestic accountability and private information in liberal states.

Research Interests

Computational Social Science; Bayesian Inference; Applied Machine Learning; Natural Language Processing; National Security Secrecy and Oversight; International and Intrastate Violence; and the Measurement of Human Rights Protections and Violations