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 been a recipient of research fellowships from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, among others. Her research interests deal with issues of conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world, and she has worked out of Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iran, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia and most recently Syria and Yemen. Her book, Alliance Formation in Civil Wars, published by Cambridge University Press, 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 and in the American Political Science Review, 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.

Research

Fotini has done extensive ethnographic, survey and experimental fieldwork on ethnicity, conflict, and development in divided societies. She has completed impact evaluations of an experimental design on school integration in Bosnia-Herzegovina and on the largest community driven development program (over $1 billion) in Afghanistan. She is presently conducting research on governance and development in Yemen. 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. Her articles have been published in Science, in the American Political Science Review, and in 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's World Food program and the World Bank among others.

Recent Publications

"Empowering Women through Development Aid: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan," American Political Science Review, August 2013: Vol, 107, No.3, pp.540-557 (with Andrew Beath and Ruben Enikolopov).

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

"Context Modularity of Human Altruism", Science, 9 December 2011: Vol. 334, No. 6061, pp. 1392-1394 (with Marc Alexander).

"Defining Success in Afghanistan: What Can the US Accept?" Foreign Affairs, July/August 2010 (with Stephen Biddle and J. Alexander Their).

"Flipping the Taliban: How to Win in Afghanistan," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2009 (with Michael Semple).

"Following the Money: Muslim versus Muslim in Bosnia's Civil War," Comparative Politics, July 2008: Vol.40, No.4, pp.461-480.

Subjects

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