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Wendy Pearlman

Professor; Crown Professor of Middle East Studies; Interim Director, Middle East and North Africa Studies Program

B.A.: Brown University, 1996; Ph.D.: Harvard University, 2007
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interest(s): Comparative Politics of the Middle East, Social Movements, Conflict Processes, Emotions, Migration and Refugee Studies, and The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Program Area(s): Comparative Politics

Regional Specialization(s): Middle East

Subfield Specialties: Comparative Historical Analysis; Conflict Studies


A scholar of the comparative politics of the Middle East, social movements, and forced migration, Wendy Pearlman has studied or conducted research in Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Israel, and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. She is the author of five books: Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003); Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge, 2011); We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (HarperCollins, 2017); Triadic Coercion: Israel’s Targeting of States that Host Nonstate Actors (with Boaz Atzili, Columbia, 2018); and Muzoon: A Syrian Refugee Speaks Out (with Muzoon Almellehan, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2023). She has published forty academic articles or book chapters, including in American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, International Migration Review, International Security, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Politics & Society, Security Studies and Studies of Comparative International Development.

Since June 2023, Wendy has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Perspectives on Politics. Her teaching has been recognized by the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award, R. Barry Farrell Award for Excellence in Teaching, and repeat elections to the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll. As a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Wendy was a fellow at EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin during the summers 2016-2018 and 2021-2022. Previously, Wendy was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, a Starr Foundation Fellow at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad at the American University in Cairo, a Junior Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, and a postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Wendy’s sixth book, provisionally titled The Home I Worked To Make: Voices from the New Syrian Diaspora, is forthcoming from Liveright Books in 2024. It is based on interviews that she has conducted with more than 500 displaced Syrians on five continents since 2012.


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Courses taught

  • Poli Sci 350: Social Movements, undergraduate lecture course
  • Poli Sci 351: Middle East Politics, undergraduate lecture course
  • Poli Sci 395: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, undergraduate seminar
  • Poli Sci 390: Power and Resistance, undergraduate seminar
  • Poli Sci 454: Social Movements and Mobilization, graduate seminar
  • Poli Sci 486: Advanced Topics in Middle East Politics, graduate seminar