Adria Lawrence is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She studies conflict and collective action, investigating how people come to mobilize in favor of ideologies such as ethnicity, nationalism, and democracy. Her book, Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire (forthcoming in 2013, Cambridge University Press), provides an account of how and why nationalist mobilization against colonial rule erupted. An excerpt from this book, “Separate or Equal? The Making of Nationalists in the French Empire,” won the 2011 Sage Award from the American Political Science Association’s Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section and the 2011 Frank L. Wilson Best ASPS paper award from the French Politics Group.
Her work on the use of violence by non-state actors has been published in International Security, as well as in Rethinking Violence: States and Non State Actors in Conflict (co-edited with Erica Chenoweth, MIT Press, 2010). She is a scholar of Middle Eastern and North African politics; she is currently writing about collective action during the protests of the Arab Spring. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Vassar College.