Christiana Parreira

Christiana Parreira

Assistant Professor, International Relations/Political Science
Will join the Institute in September 2022
Spoken languages
English, Arabic
Areas of expertise
  • Local governance
  • Post-conflict state-building
  • Comparative democratization
  • Ethnicity and identity politics
  • Redistribution policies, social inequalities, poverty
  • Multi-method research design
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East and North Africa



Political Science, Stanford University (2020)

Christiana Parreira is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 2020. Before joining the Graduate Institute, she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University (2020-22). Her research focuses on the role of local political institutions and actors in governance, looking primarily at post-conflict contexts in the Middle East and North Africa. Her forthcoming book project examines how local governments and elections facilitated predatory state-building practices in Lebanon before, during, and after civil war. In other research, some published in the Journal of Peace Research, she examines determinants of governance quality and distributive outcomes in Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Global South. 



  • Parreira, Christiana (2021). “Power Politics: Armed Non-State Actors and the Capture of Public Electricity in Post-Invasion Baghdad.” Journal of Peace Research 58(4): 749-762.