Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia joined the MIT faculty in the fall of 2008. She received her PhD in Public Policy at  Harvard University. Fotini has done extensive ethnographic, survey and experimental fieldwork on ethnicity, conflict, and development in divided societies with a focus on Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is presently conducting research on collective action and violence in Yemen and on sectarianism in Iraq. 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 and her opinion pieces in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

For her research, Fotini has received support from the International Growth Center, USAID, CIDA, the UN's World Food program and the World Bank among others. She graduated magna cum laude with a joint BA in Economics-Operations Research from Columbia College and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.


Selected Publications