Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor National Security Affairs
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Experienced educator, field researcher, and analyst with subject matter expertise in Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, political identity, informal institutions, local leadership, borders, ethnographic methods, and gender. Background includes intensive research on Iranian culture and politics as well as six years on and off on the border of Tajikistan and Afghanistan studying how local leaders and organizations impact border and state stability as well as drug, human, weapons, and gemstone trafficking.

Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • International Relations
  • Iran


Ph.D., Rutgers University, Political Science

M.A., San Francisco State University, International Relations, Honors: Summa Cum Laude

B.A., New York University, Theatre

C.V. or Resume

Related Credentials

Rutgers University, Subfields: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Women and Politics, Specialization: Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Identity, and Political Ethnography

Research Contributions and Publications

Local Governance At The Periphery: Informal Organizations in Tajik/Afghan Badakhshan
University of Michigan Press (forthcoming)

"Getting Played in the Great Game" in The Age of Disruption: How Power Shifts Create More Conflict
Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Periodic Publication

"Civil Society in an Uncivil State: Tajik/Afghan Badakhshan"
Columbia Journal of International Affairs

"Local Governance in Khatlon, Tajikistan" in Marlene Laruelle (ed.) Tajikistan on the Move: Approaches, Fieldworks, Topics
Rowman and Littlefield

"Warlords and coalition politics in post-Soviet states" by Jennifer Murtazashvili, Anastasia Shesterinina, Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, Timothy Blauvelt & Jesse Driscoll
Caucasus Survey
Spring, 2018

The Afghan-Central Asia Borderlands: The State and Local Leaders, Routledge

"New Social Media and Global Resistance," in Laura Shepard (ed.), Gender Matters: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations, Routledge,  pp. 389-401

"Borderlands of Badakhshan: Cooperation and Security" in K. Warikoo and Khojamahmad Umarov(eds.) , Tajikistan in the 21st Century
Pentagon Press, pp. 267-28

"Public Diplomacy in an Interdependent World," in Anna Cornelia Beyer(ed.), International Relations –Students Perspectives, vol. 4
Winter, pp. 73-84

"Veiled Threats: Modifications in Hijab Laws as Indicators of Perceived Imperialism in Iran," WIIS Words, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
August, p. 13

Awards and Decorations

IREX Individual Advanced Research Projects Fellowship

Richards Fellow, American Institute for Afghan Studies, Boston University

IREX Award for Workshop on Transnational Crime in Eurasia at the Woodrow Wilson Center

Rutgers Special Studies Award for ECPR Methodologies Workshop in Vienna

Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Grant for Farsi, Dari, and Tajik

Rutgers Hybrid-Teaching Award

Rutgers Research Award, Dissertation Fieldwork, Department of Political Science

University of Delaware Title VIII Award

University of California Los Angeles Research Grant

Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship for Intermediate Persian Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Mina Houtan Foundation Scholarship in Iranian Studies
2008 & 2009

Rutgers University Graduate Fellowship

Distinguished Student Award, SFSU

San Francisco State University Dean’s Award

Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship. Only student in program awarded a full scholarship at the top program for theatre in the US at the time.

Lillian Gish Award. Selected by a committee of theatre professionals for an award funding studies at NYU. Highly competitive with only one award granted.

External Memberships and Associations

International Society for Iranian Studies

American Political Science Association

Women in International Security

International Studies Association

Journeyman Stage Electrician, Intl Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union, Local 16

The Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs
Editorial Board Membership

International Studies Association – Northeast
Governing Board

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