Middle East Studies

Shamiran Mako

Affiliated Scholar 2018-19


Shamiran Mako is assistant professor of international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, whose research focuses on the international relations and comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on state formation, authoritarianism, democratization, communal politics, civil wars, and post-conflict state building. She earned her Ph.D. in comparative politics and international relations from the University of Edinburgh in June 2016, and was previously a visiting scholar and lecturer at Northeastern University's International Affairs Program. She is currently working on two main book projects. The first traces the institutional legacies of ethnic conflict in Iraq and analyzes the effects of structural and institutional constraints on the mobilization calculous of communal groups prior to and post-2003. The second project, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (Fall 2019), is a co-authored book with Professor Valentine Moghadam of Northeastern University that explains divergent outcomes of the Arab Uprisings by examining socio-economic and political factors