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Bio for Ariel Zellman


Ariel Zellman is an incoming postdoctoral fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. He spent the past year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University after completing his doctorate in Political Science at Northwestern University in Chicago. His dissertation, "Security or Identity? Narratives of State and Nation in International Territorial Conflict Protraction," explores how popular domestic beliefs regarding the strategic value and cultural meaning of disputed lands have impacted territorial politics and peace negotiations in Israel and Serbia. In 2010-2012, he did extensive fieldwork in Israel and Serbia, interviewing members of both parliaments, security officials, academics, journalists, and representatives of various NGOs and activist organizations, and conducting artefactual field experiments on popular political attitudes toward territorial compromise. As a researcher at the Truman Institute, he intends to broaden this comparison to the ongoing dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. In the fall semester, he will also be teaching a course on Israeli Territorial Politics in the Department of International Relations at Hebrew University.