Department of Political Science

University of Mississippi

Yael Zeira


Yael Zeira

Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Field: Comparative politics, Middle East politics, intra-state conflict, and ethnic politics

Department of Political Science
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677

 Office: 227 Deupree | Phone: 662-915-5461 | Fax: 662-915-7808 |


New York University, Ph.D.
Yale University, B.A.
Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, postdoctoral scholar

Zeira’s research agenda explores the sources and dynamics of political conflict and violence in the context of the Middle East, with a focus on the political attitudes, identities and behavior of ordinary individuals during times of conflict.  Her book project investigates the logic of individual participation in political conflict and violence using original survey and interview research on the Palestinian national movement.  Other projects include a field study examining the effect of international recognition of statehood on conflict attitudes among groups engaged in self-determination struggles, as well as a new study assessing the impact of family law on women and girls in the Islamic world.  In fall 2013, she will be teaching Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies at the Croft Institute, as well as Middle East Politics in the political science department.