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Department of Political Science

University of Mississippi

Yael Zeira

Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Field: Comparative politics, civil conflict, ethnic politics, Middle East

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

Research Interests:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political  Conflict  and Violence
  • Authoritarian  Regimes
  • Middle East Politics
  • Public Opinion/Political Behavior


Zeira specializes in comparative politics and international relations, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her research examines the causes and consequences of public opinion and political behavior in authoritarian and conflict settings, including Palestine, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates.  Her book, The Revolution Within: State Institutions and Unarmed Resistance in Palestine (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019), investigates the causes of individual participation in anti-regime resistance using original survey, interview, and archival research in the Palestinian Territories. She also writes about the causes of political compliance in authoritarian regimes and the domestic and international drivers of public opinion towards political conflict and violence, including the spread of sectarianism. Her research has been published in the journals Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. She teaches courses on comparative politics, political conflict and violence, Middle East politics, and research methods.