Yael Zeira joined the Croft Institute in the fall of 2013 as Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies. Prior to starting at Mississippi, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.
Zeira’s research agenda explores the sources and dynamics of compliance and resistance in repressive regimes, with an emphasis on the political attitudes and behavior of ordinary people in the Middle East. Her book project investigates the logic of participation and mobilization in anti-regime resistance using original survey, interview and archival research on the Palestinian national movement. She has also written about the impact of international recognition of statehood on mass attitudes towards conflict in the context of self-determination struggles. Other active areas of research include the consequences of authoritarian iconography for mass political behavior, as well as the impact of conflict on gender equality in the Islamic world. Some of her research is forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Comparative Political Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University and a B.A. from Yale University.
Inst 209 Description
This course offers a thematic approach to the study of Middle East politics and society. We will review the major areas of political science research on the contemporary Middle East while simultaneously drawing on perspectives from other disciplines, including history, economics, anthropology and sociology. We will study cases from both the Middle East and other regions, with a particular focus on the cases of Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and Syria. After completing this course, students should: