Brandon Merrell

Visiting Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • School of Public Policy
Email Address:
Office Location:
D.M. Smith 117 & Habersham 135


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Brandon Merrell is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. He completed a Ph.D. in Political Science at UC San Diego in 2019. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was a Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University.

Brandon's research examines how international processes affect global development, inequality, and political violence. His recent work has been published by World Development and Cornell University Press and has benefited from financial support from the U.K.'s Department for International Development, the Minerva Research Initiative at the U.S. Department of Defense, the Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Brandon teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public policy, international affairs, and social science research methods. If you have questions or wish to contact him, please email

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, UC San Diego (2019)
  • B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Southern Illinois University (2011)
Areas of
  • Global Development
  • Inequality
  • International Relations
  • Political Economy
  • Political Violence


Research Fields:
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Conflict Research
  • Development Economics
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Growth and Institutions
  • Emerging Technology and Security
  • Game Theory
  • Global Nuclear Security
  • Inequality and Poverty
  • International Economics
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Economy
  • Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • International Development
  • Armed Conflict
  • Development of Literacies
  • Human Capital
  • Institution-Building
  • National Security
  • Politics
  • Social Movements
  • Surveillance


  • INTA-8001: Sci,Tech&Intl Affairs II
  • POL-1101: Government of the U.S.
  • PUBP-3120: Stat Analysis-Pub Policy