Participant Info

First Name
Ioana Emy
Last Name
Wesleyan University
Political violence, terrorism, deradicalization, comparative democratization, political Islam, Middle East politics
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Personal Info

About Me

Ioana Emy Matesan is an Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. Her research focuses on contentious politics and politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in political violence, democratization and Islamist movements. Matesan has conducted NSF-supported fieldwork in Egypt and in Indonesia, which explores why groups adopt or abandon violent tactics, and how tactical and ideological change happens within Islamist movements. She has also researched and published on why armed non-state actors apologize for their mistakes, Hamas and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, new security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa, and the dynamics of resistance to foreign rule.

Recent Publications

Ioana Emy Matesan and Ronit Berger, “Blunders and Blame: How Armed Non-state Actors React to Their Mistakes”, forthcoming in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Ioana Emy Matesan, “What Makes Negative Frames Resonant? Hamas and the Appeal of Opposition to the Peace Process,” Terrorism and Political Violence, 24 (November – December 2012).

Ioana Emy Matesan, “The Impact of the Arab Spring on Islamist Strategies, ” Journal of Strategic Security, 5(2): 27-46 (2012).

 Hechter, Michael, Ioana Emy Matesan and Chris Hale, “Resistance to Alien Rule in Taiwan and Korea,” Nations and Nationalism, 15(1) (January 2009)

Ioana Emy Matesan and John Gay, “El Arish and the Sinai Peninsula Underworld, Egypt.” National Strategy Forum Review, 20(3) ( Summer 2011).

Shiism and Politics in the Middle East, by Laurence Louër. H-Net Reviews (May 2013).

Media Coverage


“Responding to ISIS Attacks: Revenge Might Be Sweet, but Is It Effective?” Inside Sources, November 18, 2015. (Reprinted in The Last Vegas Sun, The Times and Democrat, The Courier Post).

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Country Focus
Egypt, Indonesia

Research Areas

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