Clayton Besaw is a computational social scientist with a background in behavioral economics. His work focuses on machine learning prediction and political event forecasting related to difficult to predict human security topics. His work has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and The Economist. His current public scientific work can be found here.
At OEF, Clayton Besaw leads development and maintenance on the Rulers, Elections and Irregular Governance (REIGN) dataset, the CoupCast early warning system and produces data-driven political and technical analyses of political violence and instability on the Die is Forecast Medium publication.
Clayton also works under OEF’s Open Nuclear Network helping out with the public facing OSINT platform known as Datayo. His work on Datayo has focused on the procurement and analysis of consequential political speech, producing accessible natural language processing tools for Datayo users.