Constantine Boussalis

Empirical Research Fellow, Harvard Law School
Work Phone: (617)­ 495-4068

Constantine primarily studies the impact of political and social institutions on public health, environmental and economic outcomes. He also investigates political psychological aspects of these topics such as public support for regional integration and foreign aid.

His dissertation examined the political-economic and social factors which help minimize the destructive consequences of natural shocks. His systematic cross-national investigation of earthquake risk has yielded empirical evidence which suggests that after accounting for geophysical factors, government capacity and social capital are significantly associated with lower levels of devastation caused by seismic shocks. Other examples of recent work include an investigation of the impact of government capacity on malaria incidence reduction at the state level in India (with Hal Nelson and Siddharth Swaminathan) and an analysis of the determinants of HIV/AIDS foreign aid targeting by donor countries (with Caryn Peiffer).

Constantine's work has appeared in Social Science & Medicine and Journal of Development Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University as well as a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.

Other related research work, publication, websites, and links

  • Towards Comprehensive Malaria Planning: The Effect of Government Capacity, Health Policy, and Land Use Variables on Malaria Incidence in India. (with Hal Nelson and Siddharth Swaminathan) Science & Medicine 75(7), 1213–1221. (October 2012)
  • Health, Need and Politics: the Determinants of Bilateral HIV/AIDS Assistance. (with Caryn Peiffer) Journal of Development Studies 47(12), 1798–1825. (December 2011)
  • Foreign Assistance and the Struggle against HIV/AIDS in the Developing World. (with Caryn Peiffer) Journal of Development Studies 46(3), 556–573. (March 2010)
  • Identity and Public Support for North American Integration (with Jennifer Merolla and Caryn Peiffer). Under Review.
  • Love Thy Neighbor: Social Identity and Public Support for Humanitarian Aid (with Linda Alvarez, Jennifer Merolla and Caryn Peiffer). Working Paper.
  • Social Capital, Democracy, and Trade Liberalization (with Hal Nelson and Peter Noordijk). Working Paper.
  • Doing a Good Turn Daily: Boy and Girl Scouts as a Proxy for Cross-National Social Capital (with Travis Coan and Hal Nelson) Research in progress.
  • 'Balance as Bias' Revisited: Harnessing the Power of Text-Mining to Understand Media Coverage of Climate Change (with Travis Coan) Research in progress.