Michael Kalin is a summer 2016 doctoral fellow with the Religious Freedom Project. He is a Sié Center visiting scholar at the University of Denver and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Yale University specializing in international relations and comparative politics. He has enduring interests in conflict, international security, and foreign policy, with geographical expertise in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. Broadly speaking, his research agenda focuses on the causes and consequences of communal violence with a particular interest in religious conflict. His dissertation, which focuses on Chad and Pakistan, involves designing interventions that reduce prejudice and promote tolerance between religious groups and evaluating their impact empirically. Before attending graduate school, he worked for several years as a political analyst supporting the Government of Canada’s National Security Advisor, Prime Minister, and Cabinet, as well as a political officer in Afghanistan with the Canadian embassy in Kabul. He has also worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He received an M.Phil. in Oriental Studies from Oxford University, and completed his B.A. at McGill University.