Dr. Sarah E. Parkinson is the Aronson Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research examines organizational behavior and social change during and following war. Focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, Parkinson studies how actors such as military organizations, political parties, and humanitarian groups cope with crisis, disruption, and fragmentation. She has conducted extensive fieldwork among Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon as well as with humanitarian responders in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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I received my Ph.D. (2013) and M.A. (2008) in Political Science from the University of Chicago. I earned my B.A. (2004) in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. I have held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, and at Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. The Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University awarded me an Exploration of Practical Ethics Grant for 2017-2018.

I serve on the Steering Committee of the Project on Middle East Political Science, a collaborative network designed to enhance the broader field of Middle East political science and to advance its engagement with academics, policy circles, and the broader public realm.