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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Jonathan Laurence

department of political science

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Associate Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae

Personal website

Office: McGuinn 520
Phone: 617-552-8991


Jonathan Laurence received a B.A from Cornell University, a C.E.P. at Sciences Po, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. His principal areas of teaching and research are comparative politics, transatlantic relations, European politics, and the integration of Muslims into European politics and society. Prof. Laurence's latest book, The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012.

Professor Laurence is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard. His Ph.D. thesis in political science (Harvard, 2006) was awarded the American Political Science Association's Harold D. Lasswell Prize in 2006, as the best dissertation in public policy completed in 2004 or 2005. He is a former fellow of the Wissenchaftszentrum Berlin, Transatlantic Academy, NYU Center for European Studies, Center Américain de Sciences Po, Hauser Center for the Study of Nonprofit Organizations at HKS and the Aspen Institute Berlin Young Leaders Program.

Recent Publications

"Will Europe Shrink From the Arab Spring?" by Omer Taspinar and Jonathan Laurence, World Politics Review.

“Midwife or Spectator? US Foreign Policy in North Africa in the 21st Century,” in C. Merlini, Ed., The Mediterranean Microcosm, Brookings Institution Press, 2012

“Europe’s Arab Spring,” in D. Hamilton and V. Dzihic, Eds., Immigration, Integration and Islam, Center for Transatlantic Relations/Brookings Institution Press, 2012

“The Diversification of Political Parties in Western Europe” (With R. Maxwell), in R. Maxwell and T. Givens, eds., Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation, Lynne Rienner, 2012

“The Dis-Integration of Europe” (With J. Vaïsse), Foreign Policy (Reprinted in De Groene Amsterdammer and, March/April 2011

“La strategia di ‘soft power’ di Obama nel Meditteranneo,” Affari Internazionali, March 2011

“The US-EU Counter-Terrorism Conversation: Acknowledging the Two-Way Threat,” Brookings Institution, February 2010

“European Islam in the Year 1451,” in D. Benjamin, ed., Europe in 2030, Washington, DC: Brookings Press, 2010

“The New British Security Strategy and Lessons for US Policymakers” (With P.W. Singer), Armed Forces Journal, December 2010

“Bin Laden’s Backfire” (With J. Vaïsse), Foreign Policy, November 2010

“No Shortcuts: High Skilled Migration and Integration” (With J. Doomernik, R. Koslowski, J. Laurence, R. Maxwell, I. Michalowski and D. Thränhardt), A Report of the Transatlantic Academy, Washington, DC: GMF, 2009


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