Mara Revkin

Nonresident Scholar
Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
She is a nonresident scholar with Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program.

PhD, Political Science, Yale University
JD, Yale Law School
BA, Political Science, Swarthmore College


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Dr. Mara Redlich Revkin is an associate professor at the Duke University School of Law, where her research focuses on armed conflict, peacebuilding, transitional justice, migration, and security sector reform with a regional focus on the Middle East and particularly Iraq and Syria. She is also a nonresident scholar with Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program.

Dr. Revkin holds a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD in political science from Yale University, where her dissertation examined the Islamic State’s governance of civilians in Iraq and Syria. In addition to her academic research, she has worked with and advised United Nations agencies and other humanitarian organizations in Iraq and Syria on the design of evidence-based programs and policies that aim to strengthen rule of law and the protection of human rights, support peaceful reconciliation after conflict, and mitigate the root causes of political violence and extremism. 

Dr. Revkin’s work has been published in the Journal of Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Global Security Studies, World Development, and the Yale Journal of International Law, among others. She has published and provided commentary for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and Lawfare. 

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