Fotini Christia is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT. She received her PhD in Public Policy at Harvard University in 2008 and has received an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and a Harvard Academy fellowship among others. Her research interests deal with issues of conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world. Fotini has conducted extensive experimental, survey and ethnographic fieldwork on ethnicity, conflict, and development in divided societies such as Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian Territories. Her book, Alliance Formation in Civil Wars, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, was awarded the Luebbert Award for Best Book in Comparative Politics, the Lepgold Prize for Best Book in International Relations and the Distinguished Book Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association. Her research has appeared in Science, The Review of Economic Studies, The Journal of Development Economics and The American Political Science Review, among other journals. Fotini graduated magna cum laude with a joint BA in Economics-Operations Research and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in 2001.