I am an assistant professor of sociology at New York University Abu Dhabi. Previously, I have been a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University's Institute for International and Regional Studies, a visiting research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoctoral researcher at NYU Abu Dhabi. 

 

Curriculum vitae

daniel [dot] karell [at] nyu [dot] edu

My research focuses on the dynamics of social contention. This contention may be violent, such as insurgent attacks in contemporary Afghanistan, or more subtle, as when labor migrants and employment brokers negotiate contract terms under information asymmetries. I am especially interested in how social relationships, rhetoric, and morality shape contention. I currently employ network analyses, computational methods, and digital field experiments in my research, although I continue to draw on insights gained during fieldwork in Afghanistan, Morocco, and Pakistan. I teach courses on research design and computational textual analysis for the social sciences.

 

ResearcH

RADICALISM

What is radicalism and how does it affect the lives of radicals? My research takes initial steps towards a theory of radical discourse, then uses this theory to shed new light on the everyday lives -- and deaths -- of radicals. It also helps distinguish between political radicalism and related discourses.

Papers and book manuscript in progress

 

 

CONFLICT

How do efforts to combat insurgencies inadvertently fuel further conflict? My research explores how state-building and "hearts and minds" campaigns can increase turmoil by (unexpectedly) reshaping the social hierarchies and boundaries within local communities.

Relevant publications

“Aid, Exclusion, and the Local Dynamics of Insurgency in Afghanistan”, 2018, by Daniel Karell and Sebastian Schutte.  Journal of Peace Research 55(6):711-725. The pre-print version is here, the online appendix and replication materials are here, and the blog version is at PV@G.

  • The Nils Petter Gleditsch Article of the Year Award (2018), Journal of Peace Research [announcement]

“Local Peace and Contemporary Conflict: Constructing Commonality and Exclusion during War in Afghanistan”, 2017, by Daniel Karell. Social Science Research 61(1):75-97.

 “Ethnicity and Nationalism in Afghanistan in the Post-2001 Era”, 2016. Introduction to special issue commemorating the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, by Daniel Karell. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 16(3):456-459.

“Ethnic Political Mobilization in Contemporary Afghanistan, an Interview with Abdul Rahman Rahmani”, 2016. Interview included in a special issue commemorating the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, by Daniel Karell. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 16(3):510-517. 

“Aid, Power, and Grievances: Lessons for War and Peace from Rural Afghanistan”, 2015, by Daniel Karell. The Economics of Peace and Security Journal 10(2): 43–52. 

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NETworks and text

How can social scientists study the joint evolution of social life and culture without collapsing one domain into the other? I synthesize two rapidly developing, and, up to now, unrelated methodologies -- computational textual analysis and longitudinal network models -- into a novel analytic approach. This approach offers unique theoretical and empirical opportunities for studying socio-semantic networks and the sociology of culture.

Relevant publications

“Socio-Semantic Network Evolution: Linking Topic- and Longitudinal Network Models”, by Daniel Karell and Michael Freedman. Under review.

“Local Peace and Contemporary Conflict: Constructing Commonality and Exclusion during War in Afghanistan”, 2017, by Daniel Karell. Social Science Research 61(1):75-97.

“Narrative Networks”, 2015, by Katherine Stovel and Daniel Karell. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 16.

 

 

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LABOR MIGRATION

How does the recruitment of labor migrants work? To better understand the process of recruitment -- particularly for labor migrants working in Gulf states -- I am conducting research in Pakistan to uncover the actors and series of relationships that make up labor recruitment.

The project is supported by funding from the Research & Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration Program.

 

 

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