Ioana Emy Matesan is an Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. Her 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. She has also researched and published on Hamas and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, new security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa, and the dynamics of resistance to foreign rule.
Matesan holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Monmouth College, a Master’s degree from Arizona State University, and a PhD from Syracuse University. At Wesleyan she is excited to teach courses in comparative politics, Middle East politics and terrorism and film.