- Comparative Politics
Michael Hoffman is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He studies religion, political behavior, and democracy in the Arab World and comparatively. His dissertation, entitled "Communal Religion, Sectarian Interests, and Democracy," explains why religion sometimes promotes democracy and sometimes undermines it. The project uses an original survey conducted in Lebanon to demonstrate how sectarian interests condition the effect of religious behaviors on support for democracy.
Hoffman's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, British Journal of Politics, Democratization, and elsewhere.