AREAS OF INTEREST
CIVIL SOCIETY & THE STATE
Aldrich has studied how civil society - the formal and informal networks between the market and state - interact with public policy and respond to crises.
All societies - developed and developing - seek to provide services and goods which bring focused costs but diffuse benefits. How states handle contentious political responses to these projects varies tremendously.
DISASTERS AND RESILIENCE
Disasters affect more residents around the world than any other exogenous shock. Yet communities display varying degrees of resilience. Why some localities bounce back and others do not is of critical importance.
COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM
Violent extremist organizations - VEOs - regularly target civilian populations and have become a major "wicked problem" in the 21st century. The United States, UK, Australia, Canada, and other nations have responded to this threat using "soft side" or development approaches to countering violent extremism.
SEX DIFFERENCES AND JUDGEMENT
Much research emphasizes that women and men have different views on political topics and that the topics of concern to them vary as well. Yet our research has underscored how another factor - age - can erase many of these gender gaps through socialization.