I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. My book Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win and co-edited volume Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics  were recently published with Cornell University Press and Oxford University Press. My research and teaching focus on Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, national movements, and international relations. I regularly 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.

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NEW BLOG POST: TRUMP'S 'DEAL OF THE CENTURY' REPRESENTS A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

In a new blog post with Political Violence @ a Glance, I argue that the Trump Plan represents a paradigm shift from collaborative negotiation to coerced victory in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although the plan presents the Israeli right's vision to end the conflict, Israelis may, in Trump’s terms, finally “get tired of winning” when they see what their “clear victory” has won them: a single state with a significant Palestinian population that no longer wants to negotiate with Israel as outsiders, but become part of it, as citizens.

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NEW BOOK 

Stories From the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science

My new co-edited volume with Ora Szekely on fieldwork is now available for pre-order. It features 42 personal stories from political scientists about their fieldwork: some funny, some dramatic, all fascinating and instructive. They reflect not only on their own experiences but also on larger questions of research ethics, responsibility, and how their personal and professional identities affect their fieldwork.

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NEW ARTICLE AND BLOG POST 

HOW HUMAN BOUNDARIES BECOME STATE BORDERS: RADICAL FLANKS AND TERRITORIAL CONTROL IN THE MODERN ERA

 

My new co-authored article, published in Comparative Politics, analyzes how non-state actors drive changes in international borders today by quietly altering the demographic status quo, shifting situations from compellence to deterrence, and creating "insecurity dilemmas" for states wishing to protect co-ethnics. We test our argument using a new dataset of Israeli settlements and political violence in the West BankWe summarize our findings in a post at Political Violence @ A Glance.

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