Wendy Pearlman Associate Professor

Research Interest(s):  Comparative Politics of the Middle East, Social Movements, Conflict Processes, Emotions, The Political Effects of Emigration, and The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Program Area(s):  Comparative Politics

Regional Specialization(s):  Africa; Middle East

Department Strength(s):  Conflict Studies; Comparative Historical Analysis

Wendy Pearlman has studied or conducted research in Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She has written two books about the Palestinian national movement, focusing on the causes and consequences of political violence and rebellion.

Her current book project examines participation in high-risk protest with particular attention to how individuals submit to, work through, or defy political fear. To that end, she has interviewed more than 150 Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey about their experiences in the Syrian uprising and war. Her long-form narrative pieces, Love in the Syrian Revolution and Fathers of Revolution, tell the stories of some of the extraordinary people whose testimonials she has collected.

Wendy has been a Fulbright Scholar, a 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 Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

BooksBook Cover: Violence, Nonviolence and the Palestinian Movement by Wendy Pearlman

Select Publications

  • "Competing for Lebanon’s Diaspora: Transnationalism and Domestic Struggles in a Weak State." International Migration Review, 48, no. 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 34-75. 
  • "Emotions and the Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings." Perspectives on Politics, 11, no. 2 (June 2013), pp. 387-409.
    • Chosen by Foreign Policy as one of the best journal articles on the Middle East in 2013
  • "Emigration and Power: A Study of Sects in Lebanon, 1860-2010." Politics & Society, 41, no. 1 (March 2013), pp. 102-133.
  • "Triadic Deterrence" (with Boaz Atzili). Security Studies, 21, no. 2 (April-June 2012), pp. 301-335.
  • "Precluding Nonviolence, Propelling Violence: The Effect of Internal Fragmentation on Movement Behavior." Studies in Comparative International Development, 47, no. 1 (March 2012), pp. 23-46.
  • "Nonstate actors, fragmentation, and conflict processes" (with Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham). Introduction to special issue. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 56, no. 1 (February 2012), pp. 3-15.
  • "The Palestinian national movement and the 1967 War" in Wm Roger Louis and Avi Shlaim, eds., The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins and Consequences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 126-148.
  • "Spoiling Inside and Out: Internal Political Contestation and the Middle East Peace Process" International Security, 33, no. 3 (Winter 2008/09), pp. 79-109.
  • "Struggle in a Post-Charisma Transition: Rethinking Palestinian Politics after Arafat" (with Ali Jarbawi). Journal of Palestine Studies, 36, no. 4 (Summer 2007), pp. 6-21.          
    • Simultaneously published in Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filistiniyah 71 (Summer 2007)

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 454: Social Movements and Mobilization, graduate seminar
  • Poli Sci 486: Advanced Topics in Middle East Politics, graduate seminar