Congratulations to Avital Livny and Gisela Sin on their appointments to the Center for Advanced Study!
I was born in Rehovot, Israel and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. I received my B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in Political Science, History, and Near Eastern Studies. After graduation, I worked as a Policy Assistant for Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund) before beginning my graduate studies. I received an M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and an M.Sc. in Comparative Politics Research from Oxford University (where I was a proud resident of St. Catherine’s College). I began my Ph.D. studies at Stanford University in the Fall of 2006, advanced to candidacy in Fall, 2008, and graduated in June, 2014. I spent AY 2014-15 as a Junior Research Fellow at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain before beginning as an Assistant Professor at UIUC.
- Middle East
- Comparative Politics
- Identity Politics
My research interests generally fall under the heading of comparative politics and include: the politics of religion and ethnicity, particularly the micro-foundations of identity-based mobilization; electoral dynamics in developing democracies; and variations in interpersonal trust, across space and time. My region of interest is the Muslim World, particularly the Muslim Middle East, and I have conducted extensive research in Turkey.
I am a native speaker of Hebrew and English and have good knowledge of both Modern Turkish and Modern Standard Arabic.
In The News
Professor Avital Livny has been selected by the APSA Comparative Democratization Section as the winner of the 2017 Juan Linz Best Dissertation Award.
Congratulations to Avital Livny and Stephen Chaudoin who have been names 2017-2018 Linowes Fellows with through the Cline Center for Democracy.