I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College, a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program, and a Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. I have recently published books on navigating field research, coercion in international politics, and the strategy and success of nationalist rebels in civil war. My research and teaching focus on Middle East politics, political violence, nationalism, rebels and revolution, and peace-building. I give talks and facilitate discussions with 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.
Ora Szekely and I are proud to announce that our co-edited volume Stories from the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice for 2021. We share this honor with the 42 other contributors to the volume, the editors and staff of Columbia University Press, and all of the individuals we engage with in the course of our research—to whom we dedicated the volume. We hope this award will help the book find its way into more libraries and syllabi, as we wrote it with students and junior faculty in mind. Check out our accompanying podcast, where we interview volume authors about their careers and research.
Although only 23 people on average have been killed per year by terrorist attacks in the United States since 2001, American citizens and politicians consistently rank terrorism as a top security threat, leading to costly wars abroad and the repression of civil liberties at home. To what extent can education about terrorism alter perceptions of the threat? Much existing scholarship—and consistent polling over the past two decades—suggests that it cannot, but in my new article in Journal of Conflict Resolution with Daniel Gustafson, Jordan Theriault, and Liane Young, we disagree. Evidence gathered from an extensive series of experimental and observational surveys involving students in 31 terrorism and non-terrorism related courses at 12 universities—including massive open online courses (MOOC) and online surveys—reveals that the more individuals learn about terrorism, the smaller they perceive the threat to be to themselves and to the U.S. In the fight against terrorism and the fear it inspires, knowing really is half the battle.
Check out our accompanying podcast, Stories from the Field, where we interview our book contributors, students, and other experts about their careers and experiences conducting field research in a variety of locations and contexts.
© 2022 by PETER KRAUSE
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