Avital Livny

I am a newly minted Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. I also hold an M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University. Beginning in AY 2015-16, I will be an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after spending AY 2014-15 as a Junior Research Fellow at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain.


My research interests generally fall under the heading of comparative politics and include: the politics of religion and ethnicity, particularly the micro-foundations of identity-based mobilization; electoral dynamics in developing democracies; and variations in interpersonal trust, across space and time. My region of interest is the Muslim World, particularly the Muslim Middle East, and I have conducted extensive research in Turkey.


I am a native speaker of Hebrew and English and have good knowledge of both Modern Turkish and Modern Standard Arabic.

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