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 the political behavior and influence of religious leaders in Israel, using automated text analysis of religious sermons, survey experiments, in-depth fieldwork, and interviews. Other work examines the behavior of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, the role of Imams during the Turkish coup, and the impact of drone strikes in Yemen. My work has been supported by 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.