Michael Freedman

I am a PhD candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I study religion and conflict in Israel and the Muslim world. My dissertation examines why religious leaders in Israel adopt certain nationalist positions and how these positions impact the duration 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.

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

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.