Chappell Lawson is an associate professor of political science at MIT. He directs the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) program and the newly created Policy Lab (PL@CIS). Lawson's recent work has focused on Mexican politics, the effect of candidates' physical appearance on their electoral success, political leadership, and homeland security policy.

He served with Juliette Kayyem and Alan Bursin as Editor for Beyond 9/11: Homeland Security for the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press, 2020), a book in the Belfer Center Studies in International Security series.

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