About Us

Our mission and Vision

BDI is working for a future where thriving communities are prepared to respond in periods of risk, empowered to address long-term divides, and supported to build a pluralistic, multi-racial democracy.

Political violence endangers communities and erodes civic space. By delivering action-oriented research, facilitating cross-sector collaboration, and establishing frameworks for effective policy response, BDI advances collective efforts to track and mitigate the threat of violence across the United States. Established in 2019, BDI is based at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and hosted by the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC).

BDI’s contribution to this vision is grounded in our theory of change. We believe that BDI can help make this future a reality by achieving three strategic objectives.

Values + Culture

Situated at a policy school, addressing hard and often polarizing topics, BDI is by nature a values-driven enterprise. We succeed in our work through purposeful and principled engagement with our stakeholders – including our staff, local communities impacted by political violence, and the wide range of organizations and decision-makers working to bridge the nation’s divides. 

Living our values begins by modeling them from within. BDI’s work is made possible by our people and the culture we’ve cultivated to support them. We strive to create a safe, humanizing, diverse, and cooperative environment within which our team and partners can thrive.

Our Strategic Plan

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Our Supporters

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Our Team

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