Michael Freedman

I am a PhD candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My primary research examines the political behavior and influence of religious leaders in Israel, using automated text analysis of religious sermons, survey experiments, as well as in-depth fieldwork and interviews. Other work examines the behavior of the Mujahedeen and other revolutionary groups in Afghanistan. My work has been supported by the MIT Center for International Studies, the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, and 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.