Fields of Study:
Comparative Politics (major)
International Relations (minor)
Political Methods (minor)
Dissertation Title: Swords and Plowshares: Jewish Rebel Governance in Mandate Palestine 1920-1948
Graduated: Spring 2013
David Muchlinski, Ph.D. is currently an adjunct professor of Political Science at University of Nebraska, Omaha where he also holds a dual appointment with the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.
David's research is centered around issues of civil, ethnic, and religious conflict. His dissertation and current research agenda examines how violent non state actors develop systems of political authority in areas of contested and limited statehood. To examine this issue David conducted field research from 2011-2012 in Israel at the Central Zionist Archives and the Yad Tabenkin Archives where he examined the settlement of various Jewish agricultural settlements in British Mandate Palestine.
David has a secondary research agenda in the field of political methodology where he specializes in the analysis of high-dimensional datasets using machine learning algorithms. David is lead author on a project coauthored with David Siroky and Matthew Kocher that uses machine learning methods to develop highly accurate predictive models of civil war onset. This article is currently under review at the Journal of the American Statistical Association.
David's research has been published in the journal Politics and Religion as well as by Ashgate press. His teaching interests include Israeli and Middle Eastern politics, conflict studies, and political methods. He is proficient in Hebrew and his language skills are improving.
Dissertation committee members: Dr. Carolyn Warner (chair), Dr. Michael Hechter, Dr. David Siroky, Dr. Tomomi Tanaka