Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl

Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl is Universitair Docent in Political Science (with tenure) at Leiden University and a member of the Amsterdam Conflict Research Network (ACRN).

Before joining the faculty at Leiden, he taught at the University of Virginia and as a visiting assistant professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Schulhofer-Wohl has held fellowships at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in the International Security Program and the Middle East Initiative, and at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Schulhofer-Wohl’s research agenda, on the conduct of civil wars, includes an empirical focus on the Middle East, but addresses questions about civil wars as a general matter, and draws on comparisons across diverse countries.

His core research projects study the interaction between civil war belligerents at three levels of analysis: quagmire as the macro-level result of the interaction between the warring parties; warfighting choices, focusing on alliance behavior and the operational goals of fighting, both meso-level behaviors; and, at the micro-level, the behavioral determinants of individual actions in situations of group conflict.

He is the author of Quagmire in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2020). His work has also been published in the European Journal of Political Economy, International Security, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Rationality and Society, and Science.

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