Wendy Pearlman, Ph.D.


Northwestern University

Country: United States (Illinois)

About Me:

Wendy Pearlman is the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the comparative politics of the Middle East, social movements, political violence, refugees and migration, and the lived experience of conflict. In addition to more than a dozen academic articles or book chapters, Pearlman is the author of two books on Palestinian politics: Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003). Her third book We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (Custom House, 2017), is based on interviews with more than 300 displaced Syrians that Pearlman conducted across the Middle East and Europe from 2012-16. Called “essential reading” by the New York Times, the book has been praised in the New Yorker, the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, and Chicagoan Magazine, among other outlets. It was longlisted by the American Library Association for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Pearlman holds a BA from Brown University, an MA from Georgetown, and a PhD from Harvard. A former Fulbright scholar and current Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, she has studied or conducted research in Spain, Germany, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Research Interests

Middle East & North African Politics

Conflict Processes & War


Political Violence

Specific Areas of Interest

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Social Movements

Arab Uprisings

Syrian War

Personal Narratives