Race and Ethnic Relations

Ora Szekely

Ora Szekely, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7360
Email: oszekely@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Professional website


B.A., Cornell University, 1999
M.A. University of Chicago, 2004
Ph.D., McGill University, 2011


Current Research and Teaching

Professor Szekely teaches courses on comparative politics, including Introduction to Comparative Politics, the Politics of the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Politics of Ethnicity and Identity, and a capstone seminar on civil war.  Her current book project examines the foreign and domestic policies of militant organizations in the Middle East, especially Hamas, Hizbullah, Amal, and the PLO.


Refereed articles

“Doing Well by Doing Good: Charity as Political Advertising in the Palestinian Territories”, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 2015
 “A Friend in Need: The Impact of the Syrian Civil War on Syria’s Clients” Foreign Policy Analysis, 2014.
“Gender Ideology and Forms of Contentious Mobilization in the Middle East” (with Victor Asal, Richard Legault and Jonathan Wilkenfeld) Journal of Peace Research, July 2013, 50 (4)
 “Hezbollah’s Survival: Resources and Relationships.” Middle East Policy, Vol. XIX, No. 4, Winter 2012.
“Welcome to Tahrir Square: A simulation of the Egyptian revolution.” Simulation and Gaming (forthcoming)

Book chapters

“Lessons from Lebanon: The Costs of Avoiding Transitional Justice” Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring, Robert Stewart and Kirsten Fisher, eds.  (Routledge,  2013)
 “Understanding Insurgent Failure: Resources and Relationships during Black September.” In Understanding Order, Cooperation, and Variance among Non-State Armed Groups, Andrew Grant, ed. (Palgrave, forthcoming)