Assistant Professor of International Relations
Shamiran Mako is an assistant professor of international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She is also a member of the Graduate Faculty at the Political Science Department at Boston University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics of the Middle East with a substantive emphasis on foreign intervention, ethnic conflict, political violence in divided societies, and institutions and statebuilding. Her research explores the historical and contemporary drivers of inter and intra-state conflicts that produce weak and fragile states across the MENA region. She is the author of After the Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa, with Valentine Moghadam (forthcoming June 2021).
She is in the process of finalizing her book manuscript titled Structuring Exclusion: the Institutional Legacies of Ethnic Conflict in Iraq, which examines the relationship between state institutions and ethnic conflict in Iraq. It is the first book to systematically map how changes in Iraq’s institutional architecture since the time of state formation affected subsequent patterns of exclusion, communal mobilization, and ethnic conflict throughout the Ba’thist and post-2003 eras.
Professor Mako’s areas of expertise include Middle East politics, foreign intervention, ethnic conflict and political violence, and post-conflict state and peacebuilding.
Read more about Shamiran Mako’s work and her latest publications on her personal website.