Abdulkader H. Sinno's Academic Website

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Welcome to my academic website. 

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. during the 2014-15 academic year. I received my PhD from UCLA in 2002, was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar.

I am a scholar of the politics of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. My first book, Organizations at War in Afghanistan & Beyond (Cornell University Press, 2008; 2010 paperback edition) develops an organizational theory to explain the evolution and outcomes of civil wars, ethnic strife and other territorial conflicts.  It applies this theory to explain the outcome of every conflict in Afghanistan since 1979 and intrastate strife more broadly in the Muslim World and South America between 1945-2001.

My other major research interest is the politics of Muslim minorities in Western Europe and North America. I am the editor of an edited volume titled Muslims in Western Politics  (Indiana University Press, 2009) and I am preparing a new book manuscript on Muslim representation in the parliaments of Western liberal democracies (funded by the Carnegie Award). 

I also write and teach about  public attitudes towards Muslim immigration, the Arab Spring, and Islamist parties’ participation in elections.

As a researcher, I use a wide mix of methods, including long stints of field research, statistical methods, survey analysis, experiments, content analysis, and organization theory.

Very best wishes,


Some recent research-related publications and activities (selected, last 3 years):

Recent and coming invited talks & public lectures (selected, 2010-):

  • “Political dynamics and population movements across the Mediterranean,” Keynote address, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 9, 2013.

  • “Muslims and Democracy from Cairo to DC: issues, challenges, linkages, views, consequences and prospects.” Duke University, October 19, 2012.

  • “La dynamique des transitions démocratiques avec les parties Islamiques au pouvoir : observations de la Tunisie et de l’Égypte”, invited lecture at Le Centre d’Etudes de l’Ethnicité et des Migrations, Université de Liège, Liège, Belgium, March 12, 2012.

  • “Explaining the endurance of resistance to NATO in Afghanistan—an organizational analysis,”, invited talk at a conference called COIN in Afghanistan: From Mughals to the Americans, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Oslo, Norway, February 12-13, 2012.

  • “Islamist Moderation: Explaining Changes in the Positions of the Tunisian al-Nahdha Movement,” invited talk at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK, February 8, 2012.

  • A week-long invitation to give lectures based on my research of Western Muslims, UC Berkeley, October 3-7, 2011.

  • I organized a conference at Indiana University titled “Researching Western Muslims,” on September 23, 2011 to review the state of the art in researching the issues affecting Western Muslims and their interactions with their societies.

  • “Organization theory and the analysis of insurgencies,” Invited talk, RAND Corporation, Washington DC, September 15, 2011.

  • "The demographics of bias against Muslim candidates in American elections," Invited talk at conference on Islamophobia at UC Berkeley, April 21, 2011.

  • “Public attitudes towards Western Muslim minorities.” Invited lecture, department of political science, Vanderbilt University, March 3, 2011.

  • I participated in the workshop “Muslim Political Integration & Mobilization in Comparative Perspective: Germany and the United States,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, May 3, 2010.

  • I gave an invited lecture titled "Prospects for the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan,” at Illinois State University, April 14, 2010.

  • I gave an invited talk at the “Making sense in Afghanistan” conference, Mershon Center, Ohio State University, April 10, 2010.

  • I gave an invited public lecture at Grand Valley State University titled “Muslim elected officials in Western parliaments: risks and opportunities,” on February18, 2010.

  • I gave a talk on Muslims in elected office in the West at a conference at the American University of Beirut's (CASAR) in January 2010.


  • I am on leave during AY 2014-15.