Dr. Michael Marcusa is a Visiting Fellow with the ERC-funded project Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science: Unifying the Logic of Causal Inference? during 2018 Michaelmas Term.
Michael Marcusa is a political scientist who uses ethnographic insights to solve real-world problems. His research agenda focuses on issues of social conflict and political change in the Arab World. Before coming to Cambridge, he served as a Policy Advisor to the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States- a working group of senior foreign policy leaders appointed by the United States Congress to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the problem of extremism after the military defeat of ISIL. His work on jihadism and social protest in Tunisia has appeared in Comparative Politics, Middle East Report, and The Atlantic.
More recently, Michael has begun to develop a body of research aimed at optimising ethnography and other traditionally “soft” social science methodologies for application in the business and policy worlds. This methodological research agenda addresses issues of representativeness, causality, and hypothesis-testing from an ethnographic perspective.
Michael holds a Ph.D and M.A. in Political Science from Brown University and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
At CRASSH, Michael will work on a book manuscript that uses innovative qualitative methods to tackle the question of why jihadist movements gain a following in some places but not others.