“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Diana Barbara Greenwald is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative. She will be joining the City College of New York as an Assistant Professor of Political Science in Fall 2018.
Diana received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2017. Her research focuses on conflicts over the state and its institutions, with an emphasis on how features of such conflicts vary locally. Her current book project examines how the legacies of occupation and resistance have shaped the development of fiscal capacity in Palestine and Timor-Leste. This work draws on over nine months of fieldwork; an original panel dataset of Palestinian municipal revenues; and a nationally-representative survey in Timor-Leste, a post-conflict, resource-dependent country with little history of direct taxation since independence. Additional research interests include governance within rebel movements, the coercive and fiscal aspects of state-building, and Palestinian public opinion. Diana’s research has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, and the Project on Middle East Political Science.Last Updated: Jun 21, 2018, 4:15pm