Prithvi Iyer

Prithvi Iyer

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2023


Prithvi Iyer holds a BA (with honors) in psychology and a concentration in international relations from Ashoka University in India. His research examining the psychological impact of political violence in Kashmir was recognized with the Best Undergraduate Thesis award by the university’s psychology department. 

Prithvi has work experience as a research assistant for the Observer Research Foundation, an independent global think tank based in Delhi. His research publications explored the mental health implications of political conflict, the role of behavioral science in shaping foreign policy outcomes, and discourse on countering violent extremism. Along with his research expertise, Prithvi is also passionate about teaching. At Ashoka University, he served as a teaching fellow for undergraduate courses in clinical psychology and statistics. At the Keough School, Prithvi plans to deepen his understanding of international security through the lens of psychology and he is committed to reducing identity politics and hate speech targeting political minorities. As a master of global affairs student, Prithvi has been the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship (2021-2022) and a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship (2022-23).

Policy Brief: How Big Data Can Bolster Autocratic Legitimacy (Toda Peace Institute)