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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Michael Hoffman

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Michael Hoffman is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at The University of Notre Dame. Michael received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2016, and graduated in 2010 from Notre Dame with a BA in Political Science and Arabic.

Michael's book project, Faith, Freedom, and Fortune: How Religion Promotes and Undermines Democracy, examines the conditions under which communal worship can either promote or reduce support for democracy. The book uses observational and experimental data from an original nationally-representative survey conducted in Lebanon as well as a variety of other sources from Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Michael's work has been published or is forthcoming in Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Middle East Law and Governance, and elsewhere. Some of his research interests include: political behavior, religion and politics, democratization and regime change, survey experiments, and Middle Eastern Politics - with an emphasis on Lebanon.




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