Navid Hassanpour is a Ph.D. candidate in the political science department at Yale. He studies conflict in relation to means of communication, and ways in which lack of information or transparency can incite political action or prevent conflict. In particular, he is interested in how state censorship of new media influenced the uprisings of 2011. Prior to starting his second Ph.D. at Yale, he studied philosophy (M.A. '09) and network information theory (Ph.D. '06) at Stanford and worked briefly (06-08) as an R&D engineer at Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego.