Affiliations & Bio



Associate Professor of Politics, New York University [link]

Member, Evidence in Governance and Politics [link]

Co-convenor, Northeast Workshop in Empirical Political Science [link]

Co-sponsor, Contemporary African Political Economy Research Seminar [link]


Cyrus Samii is Associate Professor in the Wilf Family Department of Politics of New York University. He writes and teaches on quantitative social science methodology, with an emphasis on causal inference. He is a prominent expert on the design of quantitative field research and social science randomized controlled trials. His applied research has focused on testing strategies to address governance challenges in contexts affected by war. He has carried out field studies in sites across Africa, Asia, and Latin America in collaboration with partners including the World Bank, United Nations, US Agency for International Development, UK Department for International Development, and Danish International Aid Agency, as well as government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and civil society organizations in the respective countries. From 2019-2023 he was Executive Director of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals in political science, economics, and statistics. He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University, a master’s in international affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and BA from Tufts University.