Fotini Christia

FACULTY  |  Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia is an Associate Professor of Political Science. She received her PhD in Public Policy at Harvard University in 2008 and has received a Harvard Academy fellowship and an inaugural Andrew Carnegie fellowship among others. Her research interests deal with issues of conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world, and she has worked out of Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian Territories. Her book, Alliance Formation in Civil Wars, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, was awarded the Luebbert Award for Best Book in Comparative Politics, the Lepgold Prize for Best Book in International Relations and the Distinguished Book Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association. Her research has also appeared in Science, The Review of Economic Studies, The American Political Science Review, and The Journal of Comparative Politics, among other journals. Fotini has written opinion pieces for Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. She graduated magna cum laude with a joint BA in Economics-Operations Research and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in 2001.

Research

Fotini has done extensive experimental, survey and ethnographic fieldwork on ethnicity, conflict, and development in divided societies. She has completed impact evaluations of an experimental design on the largest community driven development program in Afghanistan and on school integration in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is presently conducting experimental research on sectarianism and social networks in Iraq and on local governance and development in the Palestinian Territories. Fotini is the author of Alliance Formation in Civil War, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, which received the Luebbert Award for Best Book in Comparative Politics, the Lepgold Prize for Best Book in International Relations and the Distinguished Book Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association. She was also an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow and a Harvard Academy Fellow. Her articles have been published in Science, The Review of Economic Studies, The American Political Science Review, and The Journal of Comparative Politics, among other journals. For her research, Fotini has received support from the International Growth Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, USAID, CIDA, the UN and the World Bank among others.

Recent Publications

Direct Democracy and Resource Allocation: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan,” accepted at the Journal of Development Economics (JDE). (With Andrew Beath and Ruben Enikolopov)

“Electoral Rules and Political Selection: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan,The Review of Economic Studies (ReStud), 83 (3), 932-968. (With Andrew Beath, Georgy Egorov and Ruben Enikolopov)

“Empowering Women through Development Aid: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan,” American Political Science Review. 107 (3): 540-557. (With Andrew Beath and Ruben Enikolopov)

"Alliance Formation in Civil Wars," Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Context Modularity of Human Altruism,” Science. 334 (6061): 1392-1394. (With Marc Alexander)

Subjects

17.586 Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East
17.504 Ethnic Politics I
17.582 Civil War
17.583 Conflict through the Graphic Novel
17.586 Warlords, Terrorists and Militias
17.869 Scope and Methods
17. 956 Insurgency