EPPS Research Spotlight

Patrick Brandt
Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Patrick Brandt, associate professor of political science, is pursuing two new projects. The first examines the causes of transnational kidnappings while the second involves forecasting the spread of food-borne diseases.

Brandt along with Dr. Todd Sandler and his PhD student Justin George are examining whether different countries’ concessions to terrorists via negotiation or ransoms affect the subsequent kidnappings of those countries’ nationals.

His second project, in partnership with the Niko Spreybroeck (Catholic University of Louvain), examines how to forecast food borne diseases such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Listeria. The goal of this project is to then predict the societal burden of these diseases.