Assistant Professor
Boston University

 

Areas of Expertise
Civil Society, Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict, Comparative Politics, Disarmament, Electoral Assistance, Fragile States, Genocide, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, International Affairs, International Development, Multilateralism and Regimes, North-South Relations, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Refugees and Displacement, The Responsibility to Protect, Transitional Justice, US Foreign Policy

Background
I am currently an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. My research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics with a focus on authoritarianism, civil wars, democratization, institutional capacity building, governing in divided societies, and American foreign policy with a regional interest on the Middle East and North Africa. Specifically, I explores the historical and contemporary drivers of inter and intra-state conflicts that produce weak and fragile states and examines ways in which successful conflict mitigating strategies relating to post-conflict state and peacebuilding can be applied to states in the MENA region. Shamiran Mako’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics with a focus on authoritarianism, civil wars, democratization, institutional capacity building, governing in divided societies, and American foreign policy with a regional interest on the Middle East and North Africa. Specifically, she explores the historical and contemporary drivers of inter and intra-state conflicts that produce weak and fragile states and examines ways in which successful conflict mitigating strategies relating to post-conflict state and peacebuilding can be applied to states in the MENA region. From 2018-2019, I will be a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Middle East Studies Program. Prior to that, I have been a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Middle East Studies Program at Brown University, a research fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and a Carnegie Visiting Scholar for the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies at Northeastern University.

Specialization:
Comparative democratization, authoritarianism, ethnic conflict and identity politics, contentious politics, military interventions, and post-conflict state and peace building. Regional focus: Middle East and North Africa.