Christiana Parreira is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations and Political Science at the Geneva Graduate Institute. She holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University and a BA in public policy from Princeton University. Her research focuses on the role of local political institutions and actors in governance, looking primarily at post-conflict contexts in the Middle East and North Africa. Her forthcoming book project, for which she conducted several years of fieldwork, examines how local governments and elections have facilitated predatory state-building practices in Lebanon.
Her other research has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and Politics & Religion. Before joining the Graduate Institute, she served as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and a pre-doctoral associate at the Harvard Kennedy School's Middle East Initiative.