Senior assistant professor
Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl is Senior Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University.
Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl is Senior Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. His research agenda, on the conduct of civil wars, includes an empirical focus on the Middle East, but addresses questions about civil wars as a general matter, and draws on comparisons across diverse countries.
Schulhofer-Wohl’s core research projects study the interaction between civil war belligerents at three levels of analysis: quagmire as the macro-level result of the interaction between the warring parties; warfighting choices, focusing on alliance behavior and the operational goals of fighting, both meso-level behaviors; and, at the micro-level, the behavioral determinants of individual actions in situations of group conflict.
Schulhofer-Wohl’s work has been published in International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Rationality and Society, and Science. His first book, Quagmire in Civil War, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.
Before joining the faculty at Leiden, Schulhofer-Wohl taught at the University of Virginia and as a visiting assistant professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has held fellowships in the Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative and International Security Program and in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.
Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD candidates to send research proposals in the areas of:
- civil war and political violence
- (counter)terrorism and (counter)insurgency
- ethnic politics
- Middle Eastern politics
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