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new forthcoming publication

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2019 by phenne

I’m excited to announce that I have a new article forthcoming in Terrorism and Political Violence. “Assessing the impact of the Global War on Terrorism on terrorism threats in Muslim countries” uses data from my book to assess whether Muslim states’ cooperation with America on counterterrorism helped or hurt when it came to terrorist threats. I find that it actually seemed to help; states that cooperated with the United States experienced a drop in deaths from terrorist attacks. I have a working paper available on my website, and will update it when the final article becomes available.

Awarded new grant

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2019 by phenne

I’m excited to receive one of the project launch grants from Notre Dame’s Global Religion Research Institute. This is a great initiative supporting new research on religion around the world. The grant will support my work applying social network analysis to assess the state of Islamic and secular politics in the Middle East. I presented preliminary work on this project at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, and will present more of this work at the Political Networks conference and the American Political Science Association annual meeting.

new research encyclopedia chapter on religion and terrorism

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2019 by phenne

I have a chapter in the new Oxford Research Encyclopedia, focusing on religion and terrorism. I survey the literature, highlighting key findings and continuing debate. I also provide some suggestions for future research. It is available here.

new article on nationalism

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2018 by phenne

I have an article on The Big Q, a New Zealand site, on nationalism. I look at what scholars of nationalism may say about Donald Trump’s appeals to nationalism, and French President Macron’s suggestion of patriotism as an alternative.

new article on the UN and religious repression

Posted in Uncategorized on November 5, 2018 by phenne

I have a new article in the Journal of Church and State I analyze the relationship between states’ activity in the UN Human Rights Council and their domestic religious repression and find they’re connected. I argue this is because states can use their activity on the council to deflect criticism of their rights record, with religious repression being particularly easy to mask.

new media appearance

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2018 by phenne

I appeared on WCAX this week, discussing the current state of US-Saudi relations in light of the apparent murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

new Washington Post article

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2018 by phenne

I have an article today in the Washington Post’s Monkeycage feature, analyzing the recent deal between Russia and Turkey over Syria. I argue this represents an attempt at great power management, which may signal a new model for regional order.

new media appearance

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2018 by phenne

I was back on WCAX last night, discussing President Trump’s statements at the UN General Assembly meeting. We talked about his foreign policy approach, and specific policies on Iran and Israel. You can watch here.

local and national media appearances

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2018 by phenne

I’ve had two media appearances recently. I talked with a reporter from the Religion News Service for an article on an international religious freedom summit the Trump Administration recently held. And I returned to Burlington, VT TV station WCAX to discuss the Trump Administration’s recent imposition of sanctions on Iran.

new media appearance

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2018 by phenne

I was quoted in this article from Religion News Service, about a major international religious freedom gathering that happened last week. I used to work with many of the groups involved, and was a little concerned about the effectiveness of the gathering.

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