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Yael Zeira

Yael Zeira

Contact Information:

yzeira@syr.edu

315.443.1749

400F Eggers Hall

Yael Zeira

Associate Professor, Political Science Department


Courses

  • 2024 Spring
    • PSC 700 Selected Topics - Political Conflict & Violence
    • PSC 400 Selected Topics - War & Conflict / Middle East
  • 2023 Fall
    • MES/PSC 344 Politics of the Middle East
    • PSC 400 Selected Topics - Social Movemnts/Poltcl Conflct
  • 2023 Spring
    • PSC 400 Selected Topics - Comparative Social Movements
    • PSC 700 Selected Topics - Politics of the Middle East
  • 2022 Fall
    • PSC 400 Selected Topics - War & Conflict / Middle East
  • 2022 Spring
    • PSC 700 Selected Topics - Comparative Social Movements
    • PSC 400 Selected Topics - Social Movemnts/Poltcl Conflct

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Department of Politics, New York University, 2012

Bio

Yael Zeira was previously an assistant professor of political science and international studies at the University of Mississippi. She examines the causes and consequences of public opinion and political behavior in authoritarian and conflict settings, with a regional focus on the Middle East. She wrote "The Revolution Within: State Institutions and Unarmed Resistance in Palestine" (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and has published in journals that include Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Her work has been supported by the Project on Middle East Political Science, New York University, Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others. She earned a Ph.D. in politics from New York University (2012).

Areas of Expertise

Middle East politics, comparative politics, political conflict and violence

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"The Ethnicization of Conflict: A Social Media Analysis", Sponsored by Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

"The Ethnicization of Conflict: A Social Media Analysis", Sponsored by Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

"Understandings of Democracy and Political Participation in Africa and the Middle East", Sponsored by Middle East Studies Program Faculty Research Grant (Internal).

"The Ethnicization of Conflict: A Social Media Analysis", Sponsored by Middle East Studies Program Undergraduate RA Fellowship (Internal).

"The Politics of Allyship: Multiethnic Coalitions and Mass Attitudes Towards Protest", Sponsored by Appleby-Mosher Grant Award (Internal).

Selected Publications

  • Book
    • Zeira, Y., The Revolution Within: State Institutions and Unarmed Resistance in Palestine. Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Journal Articles
    • Zeira, Y., Shelef, N., "International recognition and support for violence among nonpartisans." The Journal of Peace Research, 2023.
    • Zeira, Y., "From the Schools to the Streets: Education and Anti-Regime Resistance in the West Bank." Comparative Political Studies, 2019.
    • Zeira, Y., Shelef, N., "Recognition Matters! UN State Status and Attitudes Towards Territorial Compromise." The Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2017.
    • Zeira, Y., Bush, S., Erlich, A. and Prather, L., "The Effects of Authoritarian Iconography: An Experimental Test." Comparative Political Studies, 2016.
  • Blog post
    • Zeira, Y., "International recognition and public opinion towards conflict and violence." In OpenGlobalRights on OpenDemocracy.net. , 2017.
  • Book Reviews
    • Zeira, Y., "New Media and Revolution: Resistance and Dissent in Pre-Uprising Syria, by Billie Jeanne Brownlee." In Perspectives on Politics. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022.
    • Zeira, Y., "Violence, Nonviolence and the Palestinian National Movement, by Wendy Pearlman." In Comparative Political Studies. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Newsletters
    • Zeira, Y., ""They may reveal the shortcomings of the government": studying political behavior in an increasingly closed region." In MENA Politics Newsletter. American Political Science Association, 2019.
    • Zeira, Y., Bush, S., Erlich, A. and Prather, L., "Lessons from Results-Blind Review." The Political Economist, 2018.

Presentations and Events

Government Department Workshop, Cornell University (March, 2022)

International Studies Association Annual Meeting (2022)

Workshop on Rebel Governance, Syracuse University (2022)

PARCC Conversations in Conflict Series, Syracuse University (October, 2021)

AWESOME Workshop, Department of Politics, New York University (2021)

Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Annual Conference, The George Washington University (2019 - 2021)

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2013 - 2021)

International Relations Speaker Series, University of Maryland (February, 2020)

Project on Middle East Political Science Book Launch, The George Washington University (February, 2020)

Comparative Politics Speaker Series, Vanderbilt University (2020)

Empirical Studies of Conflict Annual Research Conference, University of California (2020)

Online Peace Science Colloquium (2020)

Understanding Marginalized Communities through Social Science Research, Princeton University (2020)

Political Science Department, New York University-Abu Dhabi (February, 2019)

AALIMS-NYUAD Conference on the Political Economy of the Muslim World (2019)

International Policy Summer Institute, American University (2019)

Southern Workshop in Empirical Political Science (SoWEPS), Emory University (2019)

Workshop on Survey Research in the Middle East and North Africa, University of Alabama (2019)

Honors and Accolades

Distinguished Scholar Award (Continuation Grant), The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (2021)

Distinguished Scholar Award, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (2020)

Henry M. McCracken Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University (2005 - 2011)

Torch Fellowship for Dissertation Research, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University (2009 - 2010)

Excellence in Teaching Award, International Relations Program, Syracuse University

Middle Eastern Studies Program
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