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Michael HoffmanMichael Hoffman

Assistant Professor of Political Science
PhD Princeton University
315 Decio Hall

Geographic Focus: Middle East
Thematic Interests: Comparative politics; politics and religion; Middle Eastern politics; political behavior

Current Research: The relationship between communal religious practice and attitudes towards democracy

Selected Publications

“Arab Muslim Attitudes toward Religious Minorities,” with Amaney Jamal, in Allen D. Hertzke and Timothy Samuel Shah, eds., Christianity and Freedom, Volume II: Contemporary Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2016)  

“Political Attitudes of Youth Cohorts,” with Amaney Jamal, in Marc Lynch, ed., The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014)

“The Diverse Effects of Diversity on Democracy,” with John Gerring and Dominic Zarecki, British Journal of Political Science (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

“Communal Religious Practice and Support for Armed Parties: Evidence from Lebanon,” with Elizabeth Nugent, Journal of Conflict Resolution (2015)

“Religion in the Arab Spring: Between Two Competing Narratives,” with Amaney Jamal, Journal of Politics 76, 3 (July 2014) 

“The Youth and the Arab Spring: Cohort Differences and Similarities,” with Amaney Jamal, Middle East Law and Governance 4, 1 (2012)  

“Military Extrication and Temporary Democracy: The Case of Pakistan,” Democratization 18, 1 (2011)




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Latin American/North America Church Concerns

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