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.
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.
“Rhetorics of Radicalism”, by Daniel Karell and Michael Freedman. Forthcoming in American Sociological Review. The preprint version is here.
“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]
“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.
NETworks and text
“Socio-Semantic Network Evolution: Linking Topic- and Longitudinal Network Models”, by Daniel Karell and Michael Freedman. Under review.
How does the recruitment of labor migrants work? To better understand the process of recruitment, I am conducting a networked digital field experiment in Pakistan to trace the exchange of information, formation of relationships, and evolution of expectations as labor migrants and employment brokers interact.
The project is supported by funding from the Research & Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration Program.
Ethnicity & nation
“Ethnicity, Citizenship, and the Migration-Development Nexus: The Case of Moroccan Migrants in Spain's North African Exclaves”, 2014, by Daniel Karell. The Journal of Development Studies 50(8):1090-103.