About

Mara Revkin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Yale University, where her research focuses on governance and lawmaking by armed groups. Her dissertation examines variation in civilian cooperation with and resistance against rebel governance through multi-method data collection on the case of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. Her work draws upon analysis of archival documents, social media data, surveys, and interviews with key informants including former IS employees conducted during extensive fieldwork in Turkey and Iraq.  She is currently based in Istanbul as a Yale Fox Fellow and USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar.

Mara holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Islamic Law & Civilization Research Fellow in 2016-2017, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Her legal scholarship focuses on the treatment of civilians who have lived in areas controlled and governed by terrorist groups under international humanitarian law and domestic material support laws. Her work has been published in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law, and the UCLA Journal of Near Eastern and Islamic Law, among others.  She has served as the lead researcher on Iraq and Syria for two projects on (1) child recruitment by armed groups and (2) post-IS transitional justice implemented by United Nations University, the research wing of the UN system.

Before graduate school, she was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Middle East Program), a Critical Language Scholar in Jordan, and a Fulbright Fellow in Oman. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic from Swarthmore College.

She can be reached at mara.revkin@yale.edu and on Twitter @MaraRevkin.

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2 responses to “About

  1. Hi Mara. My name is Fred Daly. I’m an English teacher at Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, NJ, just outside NYC; I’m also a fellow Swarthmore alum (1980). I just finished an NEH institute for teachers on Islamic poetry, and we were given an article you wrote a few years ago called “Trajectories of Change in Omani Poetry,” which I thought was great. I’m writing because I’ll be teaching an elective to juniors and seniors this fall on literature of the Islamic world, focusing on the last forty years or so. If your schedule happens to put you in the New York area at any time between Labor Day and Martin Luther King Day, and the idea of discussing the region with some high school students interests you, I’d love to invite you to join us. Later in the semester would be better because they will know more and be able to ask better questions, but we’ll take what we can get. Given what we’re doing in the course, your knowledge of politics and the lives of women would be especially interesting to the students. We can provide an honorarium, by the way. So please let me know if this idea appeals to you at all, and if so, we can start planning. Thanks very much.
    Fred Daly
    English Chair
    Dwight-Englewood School

  2. Pingback: AALIMS-Princeton Conference on the Political Economy of the Muslim World, April 2018 – THE MAMDOUHA S. BOBST CENTER FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE·

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