Fotini Christia is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT. She received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2008. 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 and the Lepgold Prize for Best Book in International Relations. Her research has also appeared in Science and in the American Political Science Review, among other journals. She has also written essays and opinion pieces for Foreign Affairs, The New York Times and The Washington Post. 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.
- 17.504 Ethnic Politics I
- 17.582 Civil War
- 17.583 Conflict and the Graphic Novel (syllabus)
- 17.586 Warlords, Terrorists and Militias
- "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 United States Accept?"(with Stephen Biddle and J. Alexander Thier) Foreign Affairs, July/August 2010, pp. 48-60.
- "Flipping the Taliban: How to Win in Afghanistan," (with Michael Semple) Foreign Affairs, (Vol. 4, No. 88) July/August 2009.
- "Following the Money: Muslim versus Muslim in Bosnia's Civil War," Comparative Politics Vol.40, No.4, July 2008, pp.461-480