Department of Political Science

College of Letters & Science

Mark Toukan

Ph.D. Candidate
International Relations
Research Interests: 
Armed Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Middle East

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About

I am a PhD candidate in Political at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am delighted to be joining the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House in Fall of 2017 as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Program on Identity and Conflict. 

I study international relations and comparative politics with a focus on the international dimensions of civil war. My current research lies at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, focusing on how conflict between states influences conflict within states. My dissertation provides a systematic account of how states’ geopolitical context influences their risk of experiencing a civil war.

More broadly my research agenda explores how the geopolitical context of states influences different aspects of political violence, including political repression and military coups. I am pursuing other projects on how conflict between states can increase the duration of civil wars; how foreign support for rebel groups contributes to group fragmentation and splintering; how conflict in a state’s neighborhood contributes to political repression and exclusion; and the links between remittance dependence and civil war duration.

I was born in Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. I then received my Master’s at the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago and continued my migration northward to pursue my PhD in Wisconsin.