Roger Petersen

Roger Petersen holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago. He has taught at MIT since 2001 and is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science. Petersen focuses on within-state conflict and violence. He has written three books: Resistance and Rebellion: Lessons from Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Understanding Ethnic Violence: Fear, Hatred, Resentment in Twentieth Century Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict (Cambridge University Press).  The latter book was named the Winner of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies; Winner of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Marshall Shulman Book Prize for outstanding monograph dealing with the international relations, foreign policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe; Winner of the International Studies Association ENMISA (Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association) Distinguished Book Award.  In collaboration with Austin Long and Jon Lindsay, he is currently working on a manuscript entitled “The Social Science Guide to the Iraq Conflict.”  He teaches courses on civil war, civil-military relations, and ethnic politics. 

Courses

  • 17.506 Ethnic Politics II
  • 17.582 Civil War
  • 17.584 Civil-Military Relations
  • 17.478 Great Power Military Intervention
  • 17.581 Riots, Rebellions, Revolutions
  • 17.S950 Social Science and the Iraq War (syllabus)

Selected Publications

  • Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2011).

-- Winner of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies
-- Winner of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Marshall Shulman Book Prize for outstanding monograph dealing with the international relations,  foreign   policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe
-- Winner of the International Studies Association ENMISA (Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association) Distinguished Book Award

  • “Varieties of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Iraq, 2003-2009,” (with Jon Lindsay) case study prepared for the Naval War College Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups
  • "Revenge or Reconciliation: Theory and Method of Emotions in the Context of Colombia's Peace Process," (with Sarah Zukerman) in Law in Peace Negotiations, Morten Bergsmo and Pablo Kalmonowitz eds. (Torkel Opsahl: 2010).
  • "Anger, Violence, and Political Science," (with Sarah Zukerman) in A Handbook of Anger: Constituent and Concomitant Biological, Psychological, and Social Processes, M. Potegal, G. Stemmler, & C. Spielberger, eds. (Springer, Summer 2009).
  • "Resentment, Fear, and the Structure of the Military in Multiethnic States," (with Paul Staniland) in Intra-State Conflict, Governments and Security: Dilemma of Deterrence and Assurance, Steve Saideman and Marie-Joëlle Zahar eds. (Routledge: 2008).