Queen's University

Dr. Oded Haklai

Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies


I have been teaching at Queen’s since July 2004. My book on the politics of Palestinian nationalism within Israel was awarded the 2012 Shapiro Award for best book in Israel Studies. In addition, I have research projects on the politics of settlers and territorial disputes, state-minority relations, and Israeli politics. Winner of several research grants, I have held several visiting fellowships including at the Truman Institute at the Hebrew University, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School, George Washington University. I currently serve as the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Political Studies.

Selected journal articles

"From Independent Statehood to Minority Rights: The Evolution of National Self-Determination as an International Order Principle in the Post State-Formation Era," Ethnopolitics (2015).

“Authoritarianism and Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Research and Theory-Building in the Twenty-First Century,” International Studies Review 11: 1 (March 2009), 27-45.

“Religious-Nationalist Mobilization and State Penetration: Lessons from Jewish Settler Activism in Israel and the West Bank,” Comparative Political Studies (2007).

Most Recent Project

Settlers in Contested Lands Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflicts

Settlers feature in many protracted territorial disputes and ethnic conflicts around the world. Explaining the dynamics of the politics of settlers in contested territories in several contemporary cases, this book illuminates how settler-related conflicts emerge, evolve, and are significantly more difficult to resolve than other disputes.

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Other Projects

  • Democracy and Conflict Resolution The Dilemmas of Israel's Peacemaking

    Using the contested theory of "democratic peace" as a foundational framework, the contributors explore the effects of a variety of internal influences on Israeli government practices related to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking: electoral systems; political parties; identity; leadership; and social movements.

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  • Democratization and Minorities: Conflict or Accommodation

    Many new democracies are characterized by majority dominance and ethnocentrism. Varying paths or transitions toward democracy create very different outcomes for how ethnic identities, communities and politics are recognized. This book illustrates the varied consequences of democratization, from ethnic violence, new forms of accommodation to improve minorities’ status, or sometimes only minor improvements to life for ethnic minorities.

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  • Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel

    Winner of the 2012 Shapiro Award from the Association for Israel Studies. Arabs make up approximately 20 percent of the population within Israel's borders. Until the 1970s, Arab citizens of Israel were a mostly acquiescent group, but in recent decades political activism has increased dramatically among members of this minority. Certain activists within this population claim that they are a national and indigenous minority dispossessed by more recent settlers from Europe.

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