Daniel Nerenberg

Daniel Nerenberg

Davis-Hodgkins House, Room 202


Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — International Relations

Daniel Nerenberg is a PhD candidate in Political Science at George Washington University, and a 2013-2014 Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace. After completing a BA and MA at McGill University, working on Islamism in the post-Soviet space and the conflict in Chechnya, Daniel shifted gears and moved to the occupied Palestinian territories. He worked in Palestine for a year and a half, researching and consulting for various peacebuilding NGOs, and serving as international liaison for the 2008 Palestine Investment Conference. Much of the basis for his current research stems from this early research trip. He expects to complete his dissertation by January 2015 to pursue a career in academia. 

Current Research

Daniel Nerenberg's research focuses primarily on nationalism, identity construction, and contentious politics. His dissertation investigates shifts in the boundaries of acceptable cooperation with the “enemy” in nationalist struggle, analyzing within-case variation in the West Bank and Gaza from 1967-2012. The research critically assesses the degree and quality of Palestinian cultural, economic, academic, and security collaboration with Israel and Israelis, and the popular and elite responses to them.  The project is driven by 16 months of field research and employs discourse analysis from interviews and focus groups.


MA McGill University

BA McGill University, Joint Honours Middle East Studies and Political Science Political Science


“Jemal ad-Din al-Afghani: A Critical Assessment of his Role in Egypt.” McGill Journal of Middle East Studies. Vol. 7 (2002): 71-97.“Sufi vs. Salafi: Examining the Islamist Elements in Chechnya.” Presented at the Annual ASN (Association for the Study of Nationalities) Conference at Columbia University. New York. April 15 2006.