Nonstate actors, fragmentation, and conflict processes.” Co-editor of special journal issue (with Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham). Journal of Conflict Resolution, 56, 1 (February 2012)



Culture or Bureaucracy? Challenges in Syrian Refugees’ Initial Settlement in Germany,” Middle East Law and Governance 9 (2017): 313-327.

Mobilization in Military-Controlled Transitions: Lessons from Turkey, Brazil, and Egypt” (with Mert Arslanalp), Comparative Sociology 16 (2017), pp. 311-339.

Moral Identity and Protest Cascades in Syria.” British Journal of Political Science, published on First View, November 2016.

Narratives of Fear in Syria,” Perspectives on Politics 14, no. 1 (March 2016), pp. 21-37.

*** Winner of Syrian Studies Association prize for best article

Puzzles, Time, and Ethnographic Sensibilities: Research Methods after the Arab Spring.” Middle East Law and Governance 7 (2015), pp. 132-140.

Competing for Lebanon’s Diaspora: Transnationalism and Domestic Struggles in a Weak State.” International Migration Review, 48, no. 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 34-75.

*** Winner of Moise Khayrallah Lebanese Diaspora Studies prize for best article by an established scholar

Emotions and the Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings.” Perspectives on Politics, 11, no. 2 (June 2013), pp. 387-409.

** Chosen by Foreign Policy as one of the best journal articles on the Middle East

Emigration and the Resilience of Politics in Lebanon.” Arab Studies Journal, 21, no. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 187-209.

Emigration and Power: A Study of Sects in Lebanon, 1860-2010.” Politics & Society, 41, no. 1 (March 2013), pp. 102-133.

Triadic Deterrence.” (With Boaz Atzili). Security Studies, 21, no. 2 (April-June 2012), pp. 301-335.

Precluding Nonviolence, Propelling Violence: The Effect of Internal Fragmentation on Movement Behavior.” Studies in Comparative International Development, 47, no. 1 (March 2012), pp. 23-46.

Nonstate actors, fragmentation, and conflict processes.” Introduction to special issue (With Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham). Journal of Conflict Resolution, 56, no. 1 (February 2012), pp. 3-15.

Out-group conflict, in-group unity? Exploring the effect of repression on movement fragmentation.” (With Theodore McLauchlin). Journal of Conflict Resolution, 56, no. 1 (February 2012), pp. 41-66.

History, Rationality, Narrative, Imagery: A Four-Way Conversation on Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict.” (With Neil Caplan, Brent Sasley, and Mira Sucharov), Journal of Political Science Education, 8 (2012), pp. 288-302.

Spoiling Inside and Out: Internal Political Contestation and the Middle East Peace Process.” International Security, 33, no. 3 (Winter 2008/09), pp. 79-109.

Struggle in a Post-Charisma Transition: Rethinking Palestinian Politics after Arafat.” (With Ali Jarbawi). Journal of Palestine Studies, 36, no. 4 (Summer 2007), pp. 6-21.

** Simultaneously published as:   مأزق زعامة “فتح” بعد غياب الكاريزمية والشرعية الثورية — مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية 71 صيف 2007


“Civil Action in the Syrian Conflict,” in Deborah Avant et. al, eds. Civil Action and Dynamics of Violence in Conflict, accepted for publication by Oxford University Press.

“Contingency and Agency in a Turning Point Protest: March 18, 2011 in Daraa, Syria,” in James Jasper and Frederic Volpi, eds., Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings: Mapping Interactions between Regimes and Protesters (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018), pp. 111-134.

“Political unity is the precondition for effective strategy,” in Jamie Stern-Weiner, ed. Moment of Truth: Tackling Israel-Palestine’s Toughest Questions (New York: Or Books, 2018), pp. 147-150.

“Revolution and Rebirth in Syria,” in Arabic in الثورات العربية عسر التحوّل الديمقراطي ومآلاته [The Arab Revolutions: The Dilemma and Mechanisms of Democratic Transformation] (Doha, Qatar: Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, 2018), pp. 159-183.

“Palestinians and the Arab Spring” in Adam Roberts, Michael J. Willis, Rory McCarthy, and Timothy Garton Ash, eds., Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 248-269.

“Affects in the Arab Uprisings” in Nicolas Demertzis, ed., Emotions and Politics (Hampshire, England: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013), pp. 228-242.

“The Palestinian national movement and the 1967 War” in Wm Roger Louis and Avi Shlaim, eds., The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins and Consequences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 126-148.

“A Composite-Actor Approach to Conflict Behavior” in Adria Lawrence and Erica Chenoweth, eds., Rethinking Violence: States and Non-state Actors in Conflict (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010), pp. 197-219.


Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (by Peter R. Krause).” H-Diplo ISSF Roundtable 10, no. 16 (2018).

What do Affects Affect? On Andrew A.G. Ross’s Mixed Emotions: Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict.” Theory & Event 17, no. 3 (September 2014).

Critical Dialogue: Sharon Erikson Nepstad and Wendy Pearlman on Nonviolent Protest.” Perspectives on Politics 10, 4 (December 2012), pp. 993-998.

Security and Suspicion: An Ethnography of Everyday Life in Israel.” American Ethnologist 39, no. 2 (May 2012), pp. 454-455.

Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization.” Comparative Political Studies, 42, no. 3 (March 2009), pp. 470-473.

Palestinian Refugee Repatriation: Global Perspectives.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 41, no. 1 (Winter 2009), pp. 127-128.

Middle East Dilemma.” Arab Studies Journal 7/8, no. 2/1 (Fall 1999/Spring 2000), pp. 129-131.


“Becoming a Refugee: Reflections on Self-Understandings of Displacement from the Syrian Case,” Review of Middle East Studies, forthcoming.

Memory as a field site: interviewing displaced persons,” International Journal of Middle East Studies Vol. 49, No. 3 (August 2017), pp. 501-505.

Culture or Bureaucracy? Challenges in Syrian refugees’ initial incorporation in Germany,” Program on Middle East Political Science Studies No. 25, March 2017.

Vetting Trump’s Vetting of Refugees,” Program on Middle East Political Science Studies No. 24, March 2017.

Diffusion mechanisms as stepping stones: Qualitative evidence from Syria.” Program on Middle East Political Science Studies No. 21, August 24, 2016.

From Palestine to Syria: Three Intifadas and lessons for popular struggles.” Middle East Law and Governance, 8 (2016), pp. 91-103.

Ethics and Research on the Middle East,” Program on Middle East Political Science Studies No. 8, July 2, 2014.

An Emotional Lens on the 2011 Arab Uprisings.” In Brian Edwards, ed., On the Ground: New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies (Doha: Northwestern University in Qatar, 2014).

Rebel Fragmentation in Syria and Palestine,” Program on Middle East Political Science Studies No. 5, December 18, 2013.

Middle East political science research during transition.” Program on Middle East Political Science Studies No. 1, June 12, 2012.

A new Palestinian Intifada?” Foreign Policy Online, October 10, 2011,

Reposted at Palestine Note.

Voices Under Occupation,” Index on Censorship, Vol. 33, No. 3 (2004): 201-210.


“Israel-Hamas Fighting Erupts just as Negotiations Advanced. What started it and why does it matter?” (with Boaz Atzili) Washington Post – The Monkey Cage, November 15, 2017,

“Hva kan vi gjøre i Syria?” [in Norwegian], Klassekampen, October, 12, 2018.

“The U.S. can’t stay on the sidelines while Syrians face slaughter” Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2018,

“War in Syria: Life Under Assad’s Bombs in a Damascus Suburb” (with Loubna Mrie), Time, March 12, 2018 (international edition cover story),

“Guest Blog: Wendy Pearlman on Storytelling in Syria,” Hilton Prize Coalition, October 30, 2017,

“Does the Palestinian reconciliation deal make peace more likely?” Washington Post – The Monkey Cage, October 24, 2017,

“Why a new Palestinian Intifada could be non-violent: because that’s what Hamas wants” (with Imad Alsoos) Washington Post – The Monkey Cage, August 29, 2017,

“Our Problem Is Life Without Dignity”: Syrian Refugees Speak,”, August 10, 2017,

“The Page 99 Test,”, July 30, 2017,

“Tales of Horror and Heroism from the Syrian Civil War” Vice, June 27, 2017,

Translated into Arabic as حكايا الرعب والبطولة, Ayn Almadina, August 15, 2017,

“Wendy Pearlman on We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria,HarperAcademic, June 6, 2017,

“The Revolution Began,” Harper’s, June 2017,

Translated into Arabic as وقامت الثورة,, May 20, 2017,

“I interviewed 300 Syrian refugees. They are far from a security threat,” Washington Post – The Monkey Cage, January 30, 2017,

“Research Transparency and Political Violence: Joining the Conversation.” Political Violence at a Glance, October 13, 2016,

“The surprising ways fear has shaped Syria’s war,” Washington Post – The Monkey Cage, March 24, 2016,

“Syrian children in Turkey heal through storytelling,” PBS Newshour Teacher’s Lounge, March 2, 2016,

“America’s nonintervention is a vote for Syria’s Assad,” Reuters, June 3, 2014,

“Fathers of Revolution,” Guernica, May 15, 2014,

Published in Turkish in Birikim on December 11, 2014,

“On the Third Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising,” Huffington Post, March 11, 2014,

“The Argument Against US Intervention in Syria … And Why It’s Wrong,” Huffington Post, February 21, 2014,

“Intervening against Assad: Reflections from Syrian Refugees” Huffington Post, September 16, 2013,

“‘There Is No Time for Hesitation’: Reflections From the Free Syrian Army” Huffington Post, September 4, 2013,

“Love in the Syrian Revolution,” Huffington Post, July 18, 2013,

“What is Wendy Pearlman reading?” Campaign for the American Reader Online, November 28, 2011,

“The Page 99 Test,”, November 20, 2011,


“A People’s History of the Syrian Uprising, Told Through Intimate Conversations,” Chicago Magazine, October 4, 2017,

“Wendy Pearlman Brings Syrian Voices to American Readers,” Washingtonian, September 25, 2017,

“Moving Us To Care” Brown Alumni Monthly, September/October 2017,

“Donald Trump’s Slander Against Syrian Refugees,”, August 13, 2017,

“The Resilience of the Syrian People,” Chicago Review of Books, June 15, 2017,

“In ‘We Crossed a Bridge,’ Syrians Describe Horrors, Hope” Rebellious Magazine, June 2017,

“Voices of War,” Northwestern Research Magazine, Spring + Summer 2017, pp. 46-47

“We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled,” Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, June 1, 2017,

Faculty fellow Wendy Pearlman helps explain the Syrian humanitarian crisis through Syrians’ own voices” Buffett Institute Newsletter, Spring, 2017,

“Life Advice from Wendy Pearlman,” North by Northwestern, Spring 2017

“Five Questions: Wendy Pearlman” Northwestern Magazine, June 2017,

“Fear Experiences of Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon: An interview with Dr. Wendy Pearlman,”, May 4, 2016,

Foreign Policy Interrupters, March 15, 2016,!/interruptors/982/interruptor-series-no-28-wendy-pearlman

“New Texts Out Now: Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement,” Jadaliyya, November 9, 2011,

“New Texts Out Now: Emigration and the Resilience of Politics in Lebanon,” Jadaliyya, May 8, 2013,


“Between Appreciation and Frustration: Syrian Asylum Seekers and the Social Welfare Bureaucracy in Germany” in Dalia Abdelhady, Nina Gren, and Martin Joormann, eds, Refugees Encountering Northern European Welfare States – The Construction of Crisis and the Bureaucratization of Everyday Life, in preparation.


“On Field-being,” (solicited chapter for the edited volume, An Unorthodox Guide to Fieldwork)


“Organization from scratch: Collective action without prior mobilizing structures in the Syrian uprising” (research article chapter invited for special issue )


“Religion and Mobilization in the Syria Uprising and War” (chapter invited for submission to The Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies)


“Qualitative Transparency Deliberations: Research in violent or post-conflict political settings” (report with Ana Arjona and Zachariah Mampilly)


“Refugee Integration in Practice: The Case of Berlin Civil Society Organizations” (research article co-authored with Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca)


“Exile and Homeland: Reflections from Syria” (research article)


Sixth Annual Report on the Status of Palestinian Citizens’ Rights (Primary Translator) (West Bank: Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights, 2001)


The Palestinian Constitution (Two drafts commissioned by Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, West Bank, September 2000, March 2001)


The Palestinian Nation-Building Process, an Islamist Perspective (Unpublished Manuscript. Center for Palestine Research and Studies, West Bank 2000)


Fifth Annual Report on the Status of Palestinian Citizens’ Rights (Secondary Translator) (West Bank: Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights, 2000)