Michael Freedman

I am a PhD candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I study religion and conflict in the Middle East. My dissertation examines why religious leaders in Israel adopt certain nationalist positions and how these positions lead to the extension or termination of conflict. Other papers examine the behavior of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, the impact of drone strikes in Yemen, and the role of Imams during the Turkish coup. My work combines big data approaches with experiments and in-depth interviews. My research has been supported by multiple organizations including the MIT Center for International Studies and the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa.

I am currently a Doctoral Dissertation Fellow at the Israel Institute. During the 2018-2019 academic year, I will be a Global Religion Doctoral Dissertation Fellow at the Global Religion Research Initiative at the University of Notre Dame.

I received my B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) at Hebrew University, and an M.A. in political science at Hebrew University, where I was awarded the Rector’s prize and an academic excellence fellowship.

You can contact me at mrfreed@mit.edu.