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Caterina Chiopris


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Economy and Government at Harvard University. My research explores the political economy of innovation, regional inequalities, democratic backsliding, and state building. I use applied machine learning, network analysis, and natural language processing to study large-scale historical and contemporary datasets.                                              




Prior to joining Harvard, I received a master's degree in Analytical Political Economy from Duke University' Economics Department.

My bachelor in international law, economics and political science was awarded by the Law School and the Center for International Studies at Technische Universität Dresden.

I studied advanced Chinese at Zhejiang and Tsinghua University in Hangzhou and Beijing, China.

Grants & Awards

My research activities have been supported by the NSF, the Krupp Foundation, the Stone Inequality Research Fellowship, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, its Business and Government Research Cluster, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Harvard Kennedy School.

I was financially able to attend Duke University thanks to the Economics Department Master's Scholar Award. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) completely funded my Bachelor studies, and provided an additional stipend. 

I received an honorary title from the President of the Italian Republic as one of the 25 best students of the country.

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