I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. My co-edited book Stories From the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science was just published with Columbia University Press. My research and teaching focus on Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, nationalism, rebels and revolution, and international relations. I give talks to universities, think tanks, and business and community groups, and I conduct media interviews. I have a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and a B.A. in political science and history from Williams College.
I was a panelist for "Field Research in the Middle East before and after the Pandemic" with the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. I discussed why we do fieldwork, the obstacles to conducting fieldwork in the Middle East before COVID-19, and the new and heightened challenges that the pandemic poses to field research. Watch the panel in the video above.
My new article with Ora Szekely and 11 other co-authors focuses on the challenges of conducting fieldwork during and after COVID-19. Many of the authors also contributed to our recently published book Stories from the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science. The authors draw on their own experiences in the field to identify the unique ethical and logistical challenges posed by COVID-19 and to offer suggestions for how to adjust and continue research in the face of the pandemic’s disruptions. Key themes include the new importance of contingency planning as a central part of our research designs; how cyberspace has increasingly become “the field” for the time being; and how scholars can build lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships with “field citizens” now and in the future.
In a new magazine article in Political Violence @ a Glance, I analyze how President Biden has taken Trump-era policies out and put Obama-era policies (back) in in the Middle East. The problem for Biden is that he cannot return to the pre-Trump ante in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It's either Trump-style coerced Israeli victory or robust coercive diplomacy towards two states--which Biden claims "remains the only path forward." But toothless rhetoric in support of the latter outcome will only yield the former. Trump’s plan punctured any remaining illusions about the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If Biden wants to help move the conflict towards a different resolution, he needs to do far more than return to the prior approach.
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