Portrait of Mark Abdollahian
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Political Economy and Mathematical Modeling, Claremont Graduate University
    MA, Foreign and Defense Policy, Claremont Graduate University
    BA, Political Science, History, French, Case Western Reserve
  • Research Interests
    Strategic decision making, International political economy, Sustainable development, Growth, Human social cultural behavioral modeling, Econometrics, Predictive analytics, Computational modeling and simulation, Data analytics, Visualization

Mark Abdollahian is a full clinical professor in the Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University. His research and teaching interests include strategic decision making, international political economy, sustainable development, economics, growth, human social cultural behavioral modeling, econometrics, predictive analytics, computational modeling and simulation, data analytics, and visualization.

In addition to bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, History, and French from Case Western Reserve University, Abdollahian holds a master’s degree in Foreign and Defense Policy and a PhD in Political Economy and Mathematical Modeling from Claremont Graduate University. He is the co-founder of Sentia Group and is currently chief executive officer of ACERTAS.

Abdollahian delivers advanced analytics for data-driven decision making. His global experience spans national policy, corporate strategy, economic development, finance, public-private partnerships, M&A and business process reengineering. He creates, designs, and implements enterprise class data and strategy analytics used by the U.S. Government, the World Bank, and the United Nations as well as private-sector companies worldwide, including Arthur Andersen, Motorola, McKinsey, Raytheon, British Aerospace, Chevron, and DeBeers. Abdollahian develops, manages, and applies behavioral and predictive analytics to strategic and operational issues across government and business, focusing on bringing to market next-generation innovations today.

Abdollahian is the author of dozens of articles and two books on data-driven strategy across business, politics, and economics. He is a board member for several private and nonprofit enterprises and lectures to audiences worldwide.

Co-authored with Jacek Kugler, et al. “Pathways to Stability for Transition Governments in the Middle East and North Africa.” Asian Politics and Policy 7, no. 1 (2015): 5–38.

Co-authored with Zining Yang. “Trade, Income Convergence and Sustainable Development.” In Handbook of the International Political Economy of Trade, edited by David A. Deese, 71–112. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2014.

Co-authored with Zining Yang, et al. “Human Development Dynamics: Network Emergence in an Agent Based Simulation of Adaptive Heterogeneous Games and Social Systems.” Agent-Based Approaches in Economic and Social Complex Systems 13 (2014): 3–14.

Co-authored with Marina Arbetman-Rabinowitz, et al. “Political Performance.” In The Performance of Nations, edited by Jacek Kugler and Ronald L. Tammen, 7–48. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2012.

Co-authored with Jacek Kugler, et al. “Politics and Power.” In Estimating Impact: A Handbook of Computational Methods and Models for Anticipating Economic, Social, Political and Security Effects edited by Alexander Kott and Gary Citrenbaum, 43–90. New York: Springer Science & Business Media, 2010.

Strategy for Politics, Economics, & Business
Computational & Agent-Based Modeling
Applied Data Analysis
Social Network Analysis
System Dynamics
Data Analytics & Visualization
Dynamic Modeling