Daniel Masterson

Department of Political Science


Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Migration, Displacement, Middle East Politics


Daniel Masterson is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Daniel’s research explores conflict between refugees and host communities, refugee decision-making about when and where to migrate, and how refugees cooperate in order to support themselves, with a regional focus in the Middle East.

Daniel’s work has appeared in the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

From 2018 to 2020 Daniel was a postdoctoral fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University. He received his PhD in political science with distinction from Yale University in May 2018. He also holds a BA from Bates College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.