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Sarah Elizabeth Parkinson

Assistant Professor

Phone: 612.625.1884
Office: 245 Humphrey School

Areas of Expertise

Civil war and occupation, political violence, militant organizations, Middle East and North African politics, social network theory, qualitative methods, refugees


Sarah Elizabeth Parkinson is an assistant professor in the global policy area. Her research examines organizational behavior and social change during and following war. Focusing predominantly on the Middle East and North Africa, she uses social network analysis and ethnographic methods to study the ways that groups such as militant organizations, political parties, and civil society associations cope with crisis, disruption, and fragmentation. She has conducted extensive fieldwork among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Her broader research interests include political violence, social network theory, Middle East and North African politics, organizational behavior, statebuilding, and qualitative methods. Parkinson speaks Arabic and French.

Parkinson is a faculty affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and the Political Science department. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and has held fellowships at the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University and at Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

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