Sculpture commemorating the first Palestinian intifadah.  An-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine.  Photo taken by author.  

Sculpture commemorating the first Palestinian intifadah.  An-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine.  Photo taken by author.  

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

2017"Recognition Matters! UN State Status and Attitudes Towards Territorial Compromise" (with Nadav G. Shelef). The Journal of Conflict Resolution 61(3): 537-563. [Appendix]   
*Media coverage: OpenGlobalRights                                                                                      

2016"The Effects of Authoritarian Iconography: An Experimental Test" (with Sarah Bush, Aaron Erlich and Lauren Prather). Comparative Political Studies 49(13): 1704-1738 . [Appendix]     
*Media coverage: Marginal Revolution, The Monkey Cage, PsyPost

BOOK MANUSCRIPT

Why do some individuals engage in risky anti-regime resistance while others, facing similar conditions, do not?  This is the main question that motivates my book manuscript, The Revolution Within: State Institutions and Unarmed Resistance in Palestine (accepted at Cambridge University Press and Columbia University Press). The book answers this question through an in-depth study of participation in unarmed resistance against Israeli rule in the Palestinian Territories over more than a decade. Despite having strong anti-regime sentiment, Palestinians initially lacked the internal organizational strength often seen as necessary for protest. The Revolution Within provides a foundation for understanding participation and mobilization under these conditions. Its main argument is that integration into state-controlled, mass institutions - schools, prisons, and courts - paradoxically makes individuals more likely to resist against the state.  Diverse evidence collected during twelve months of field research - including the first, large-scale survey of participants and non-participants in Palestinian resistance, interviews with Palestinian political leaders and activists, and Palestinian and Israeli primary sources - supports the argument. The book illuminates how organizationally weak groups often thought to lack the capacity for protest are able to mobilize against powerful regimes, with implications for predicting where and when anti-regime resistance will occur.   

OTHER WORKING PAPERS AND PROJECTS

"From the Schools to the Streets: Education and Anti-Regime Resistance in the West Bank"  (under review)
Are better educated individuals more likely to engage in anti-regime resistance and why?  Using data from an original, large-scale survey of participants and non-participants in Palestinian unarmed resistance, this article demonstrates that education has a complex, curvilinear effect on participation in anti-regime resistance: intermediate levels of education significantly increase the likelihood of participation in resistance, but additional years of education have little or no additional effect. These findings are explained through a novel, institutionalist argument, which focuses on the structure rather than content of education. The article's conclusions challenge a widespread view of participants in anti-regime protest as university educated, underemployed, and disaffected. 

"International recognition and support for violence among nonpartisans" (with Nadav G. Shelef, under review)             
What reduces individual support for the use of violence in self-determination conflicts?  This article assesses the impact of a new variable, international recognition, on popular support for the use of violence using a survey experiment centered on the 2012 UNGA recognition of Palestine as a state. We find that international recognition significantly reduces popular support for violence among nonpartisans, who constitute a plurality of the Palestinian population. This is the first article to demonstrate that international diplomatic engagement can reduce popular support for violence in the case of an ongoing conflict. 

"Exploring the Determinants of Child Marriage in the Muslim World" (with Lisa Blaydes and Jeremy Weinstein). 
This paper seeks to explain variation in early marriage across Muslim societies using retrospective health data on women in twenty-two Muslim-majority states.  We find that poverty and civil conflict are strong determinants of early marriage for girls.  There is mixed evidence for the efficacy of government interventions to increase the age of first marriage.