Organizations at War:
Review of Muslims in Western Politics:
Welcome to my academic website.
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
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
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):
I am a Fellow at
the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in
Washington DC in the 2014-15 academic year.
“Muslim Americans and
the political system,” Chapter 19 in The Oxford Handbook
of American Islam, edited by Yvonne Haddad and Jane I.
Smith, 2014. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.
Sinno, Abdulkader H., ed. “Researching Western Muslims,”
special section of the Review of Middle Eastern Studies 46
(2) Winter 2012.
“Discourses on Muslims and Welfare across the Atlantic,” in
An American Dilemma? Race, Ethnicity and the Welfare
State in US and Europe, edited by Sonya Michel, Klaus
Pedersen and Pauli Kettunen. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow
Wilson Center Press, forthcoming in 2013. (with Eren Tatari,
Scott Williamson, Antje Schwennicke and Hicham Bou Nassif).
“Les difficultés de la
représentation politique des Musulmans Européens,” in
Minorités visibles en politique, edited by Esther Benbassa
and Katherine Fleming. Paris: Éditions du CNRS, 2011.
Public Office and the Arab Vote,” in Target of Opportunity:
Arab Detroit in the Terror Decade, edited by Nabeel Abraham,
Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock. Detroit: Wayne State
University Press, 2011. (with Eren Tatari)
“Education, income and
support for suicide bombings: Evidence from six Muslim
countries” Journal of Conflict Resolution 54, No. 1, 146-178
(2010, with Najeeb Shafiq)
Organizations at War
in Afghanistan & Beyond was republished as a paperback by
Cornell UP (2010) and as a hardcover for the South Asian
market by Cambridge UP.
Recent and coming invited talks &
public lectures (selected, 2010-):
and population movements across the Mediterranean,”
Keynote address, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 9,
“Muslims and Democracy
from Cairo to DC: issues, challenges, linkages, views,
consequences and prospects.” Duke University, October 19,
“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,
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
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.
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.
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,
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,
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
- I am on leave during AY 2014-15.
December 16, 2014: interview with Tribune de Genève
November 11, 2014: interviewed on ISIS by USA Today
September 22, 2014: quoted in US News and World Report
July 2, 2014: Interview with Radio VR (Voice of Russia)--
English World Service on the situation in Afghanistan
March 17, 2014: interview with the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation on elections in Afghanistan
Interview on WFIU's Noon Edition's program "Islam in
America", Sept 10, 2010
interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on the
war in Afghanistan
An IU feature on my article with Najeeb Shafiq on support
for suicide bombings in Muslim countries
Interview with WFHB's Interchange (58 minutes) on Jan 27,
July 2008 interview with
Turkish policy journal Anlayis
April 2 Interview with the Australian Broadcasting
here to audio file, mine is the middle segment 20 minutes
into the program)
March 28 interview about Organizations at War with
Interview on al-Jazeera on March 10, 2008 on religion and
politics in the United States