(2017). Trust and Terror: Social Capital and the Use of Terrorism as a Tool of Resistance. Routledge. Link

Why do some individuals choose to protest political grievances via non-violent means, while others take up arms? What role does whom we trust play in how we collectively act?

This book explores these questions by delving into the relationship between interpersonal trust and the nature of the political movements that individuals choose to join. Utilizing the examples of the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Syria, a novel theoretical model that links the literature on social capital and interpersonal trust to violent collective action is developed and extended. Beyond simply bringing together two lines of literature, this theoretical model can serve as a prism from which the decision to join terrorist organizations or violent movements may be analyzed. The implications of the theory are then examined more closely through an in-depth look at the behavior of members of political movements at the outset of the Arab Spring, as well as statistical tests of the relationship between interpersonal trust and terrorism in the Middle East and globally.


(Forthcoming). Islam, Religious Outlooks, and Support for Democracy . Political Research Quarterly. (Sabri Ciftci, F. Michael Wuthrich and Ammar Shamaileh) PDF (Accepted Version) | Supplemental Material

(2018). Barriers to Financial Institutional Development: A Preliminary Theoretical Exploration of Social Capital, Growth and Institutional Development. Economics Bulletin, 38(1): 186-195. PDF | Appendix

(2016). Am I Equal? Internet Access and Perceptions of Female Political Leadership Ability in the Arab World. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 13(3), 257-271. PDF


Springing Backwards: The Arab Spring as a Natural Experiment. - under review

Not Really Fake News: Biased Media Outlets and Political Persuasion.

Interpersonal Trust, Predation and the Delegation of Retribution.

Relatively Fehr: A Relative Unfairness Aversion Model.

Economic Globalization and the Magnitude of Transnational Terrorist Attacks.

Opinion-Seeking Justices and Supreme Court Decisions: The Effect of the Chief Justice's Role as Opinion-Assigner on Judicial Decision-Making. (with Jens Grosser and Jon Rogers)


Beyond Bouazizi: Culture, Terror and Gender Equality in the Arab World
Committee: Jens Grosser (Chair), Mark Souva, Eric Coleman, David Siegel (Duke) and Dmitry Ryvkin (FSU Economics)