Postdoctoral Researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government
Ryan Shandler is a Postdoctoral Fellow working on the Banklash Research Project – an ERC-funded project exploring how public opinion and media coverage of financial scandals influence financial regulation in advanced democracies.
Ryan’s other research interests lie at the intersection of international security, public opinion and political psychology. He draws on theories of political psychology to understand the political effects of public exposure to cyber-threats. His work stems from the position that the gravest threat posed by cyber-attacks isn't necessarily any short-term physical damage, but the more insidious long-term psychological and societal harm. By subjecting respondents to simulated cyber threats, Ryan experimentally tracks psychological responses to novel technological threats, and links this to societal and political outcomes.
Ryan is a recipient of the Roberta Sigel Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology. His research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, Contemporary Security Policy, Political Studies Review, the Cambridge Handbook of Political Psychology, and elsewhere. Ryan received his PhD in political science from the University of Haifa, and has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.