Jasper Cooper, originally from Auckland, New Zealand, is a postdoctoral research associate at the Woodrow Wilson School. He is interested in how conflicts between social actors are resolved by state authorities (such as the police) and non-state authorities (such as chiefs and religious leaders). Of particular concern is how gender inequality shapes access to justice and how this in turn influences violence within and outside the home. Among other projects, Jasper is currently researching the influence of matri- and patri-local residence institutions on violence against women and land conflicts in Papua New Guinea, the role of religious authorities in countering intimate partner violence in Uganda, and the way in which religious and secular courts are used by men and women in family disputes in Israel.
Prior to his affiliation with Princeton, Jasper conducted large scale randomized controlled trials on community policing and gender based violence in Papua New Guinea and Uganda as part of his PhD in comparative politics at Columbia University. In policy-oriented research he has worked in partnership with local and national governments in South Africa, Papua New Guinea, and France. He is currently co-authoring a book on research design and a suite of software aimed at improving design diagnostics called DeclareDesign.