Faculty Biography

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’s research focuses on the foreign and domestic policies of nonstate armed groups in the Middle East, including Hamas, Hizbullah, the PLO, the PKK, and others. Her work is based on field research conducted across the Middle East. She teaches courses on comparative politics with a focus on the Middle East, including Introduction to Comparative Politics, the Politics of the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Politics of Ethnicity and Identity, and capstone seminars on civil war and forced migration.  She is affiliated with the programs in Peace Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.



Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars. With Jessica Trisko Darden and Alexis Henshaw. (Forthcoming, Georgetown University Press.)

The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East: Resources, Relationships, and Resistance. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.)

Articles and chapters

“Fighting About Women: Gendered Propaganda in the Arab World's Struggle against ISIS.” Journal of Global Security Studies (accepted)

“A Friend in Need: The Impact of the Syrian Civil War on Syria’s Clients,” Foreign Policy Analysis, Volume 12, Issue 3 (July 2016), pp. 450-468.

“Gender Ideology and Forms of Contentious Mobilization in the Middle East” (with Victor Asal, Richard Legault and Jonathan Wilkenfeld), Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 50, No. 4 (July 2013), pp. 305-318.

“Doing Well by Doing Good: Charity as Political Advertising in the Palestinian Territories,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 38, No. 4 (2015), pp. 275-292.

“Proto-State Realignment and the Arab Spring,” Middle East Policy, Vol. XXIII, No. 1 (Spring 2016), pp. 75-91.
“Hezbollah’s Survival: Resources and Relationships,” Middle East Policy, Vol. XIX, No. 4 (Winter 2012), pp. 110-126.

 “Comparative analysis” in Key Concepts in Research Methods, J.-F. Morin, C. Olsson and E.O. Atikcan eds. Routledge. Forthcoming, 2018.

“Lessons from Lebanon: The Costs of Avoiding Transitional Justice,” in Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring. Robert Stewart and Kirsten Fisher, eds., (Routledge, 2013), pp. 94-111.