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Dr. Tristan James Mabry



Research Interests
Nationalism and ethnic conflict; Muslim societies; Eurasia; language and identity politics


Tristan James Mabry is a Lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs, School of International Graduate Studies, at the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Mabry came to the NPS in July 2009 from the Department of Government at Georgetown University. Previously, Dr. Mabry taught in the joint Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College.

His first career was in journalism, as a writer and producer for CNN, and as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Mabry is a specialist in the comparative politics of nationalism, ethnic conflict, and identity politics across Eurasia. He is the author of Nationalism, Language and Muslim Exceptionalism (University of Pennsylvania Press 2015), a comparative study of separatist conflict based on field research in Iraq, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and elsewhere. He is also the lead editor (with Brendan O’Leary, John McGarry and Margaret Moore) of Divided Nations and European Integration (University of Pennsylvania Press 2013), a collected volume on the politics of regional integration affecting national communities separated by state borders. His work has appeared in the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Ethnopolitics, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and the International Political Science Review.

Dr. Mabry received his B.A. in Canada from McGill University; his M.Sc. (with Distinction) in the United Kingdom from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the United States from the University of Pennsylvania.

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