Paasha Mahdavi is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and the Director of the M.S. in Data Science for Public Policy program at Georgetown University. He is currently writing a book on the relationship between petroleum and governance as mediated by oil-related institutions. Selected other projects include: determinants and consequences of gasoline subsidies around the world; political impacts of oil-to-cash transfers in Alaska; statistical network analysis of oil elites in Nigeria; and transnational prosecutions of oil-related corruption. Dr. Mahdavi holds an M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.