Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire.  Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Nationalism is frequently described as a wave that swept the colonized world, a ubiquitous force that characterized politics and identity in places ruled by empires.  A central goal of this book is to call into question the notion that nationalist mobilization was an obvious response to colonial rule. Nationalist mobilization in the colonial world was not omnipresent, nor was it easy to organize given the existence of a powerful authoritarian state. Studies that take nationalism in the colonial world for granted fail to account for widespread variation in the ways that populations responded to imperial rule. Drawing on cases from the 20th century French Empire, this book examines opposition to colonial rule and explains how and why nationalist movements began challenging French colonial rule.
Rethinking Moroccan Nationalism, 1930-1944” 2012.  Journal of North African Studies 17 (3): 475-490.

Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict. 2010. Belfer Center Studies in International Affairs, MIT Press (with Erica Chenoweth).

 “After the Credits Roll: The Long-term Effects of Educational
Television on Public Knowledge and Attitudes
.” 2009. American Politics Research 37(2): 275-300 (with Bethany Albertson).  (Data here; do file here).


Monarchies and Revolution
In 2011, mass contentious action erupted across the Arab world.  Yet revolutions occurred only in some places, while in others, mobilization was stymied. Given a regional context promoting contentious action, what explains the variation in protest activity across the region?  

A number of observers have noted that monarchies avoided the 2011 upheaval. But why should monarchy matter?  Were monarchies better able to prevent anti-regime mobilization, and if so, why?  This project explores the unfolding of revolutions in monarchies, examining patterns of conflict and democratization in monarchies throughout history.   

First Movers in the Arab Spring
“Protest, Repression and the Intergenerational Origins of Activism: Morocco’s (Almost) Revolutionaries," Working paper.

Empires and Exclusion
Why did imperial powers begin emphasizing cultural differences and drawing boundaries between peoples, when the ideology of the early days of imperialism stressed universal values? The move from a focus on shared humanity to one that pointed to racial, ethnic, and religious differences as obstacles to the creation of a political community occurred over the course of the imperial period, producing variation in the ways that imperial powers interacted with colonial subjects. This project investigates the formation of cultural boundaries, seeking to explain cross-sectional and temporal variation in the colonial world.

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