David Ribar is a PhD candidate in American Politics and Quantitative/Formal Methods at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. His main research focus is on how Americans develop their foreign policy preferences and how/whether these preferences are manifested in elite decision-making. In addition to assorted other work in American Political Behavior and Institutions, he is also involved in an ongoing project examining the interactions between rebel groups in the Syrian Civil War and how these dynamics have changed in the wake of Russian intervention. Before coming to Princeton, David graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, and worked as a Research Assistant with Abt Associates after serving as a Field Organizer for a Senate campaign.