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Ioana Emy Matesan

Associate Professor of Government, Wesleyan University

Ioana Emy Matesan's 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.

At Wesleyan, Matesan teaches courses in comparative politics, Middle East politics and terrorism and film.


  • –present
    Professor of Government, Wesleyan University