Ron E. Hassner


Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley


Ron E. Hassner is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has degrees in political science and religious studies, and his research revolves around symbolic and emotive aspects of international security with particular attention to religious violence, Middle Eastern politics, and territorial disputes. His publications have focused on the role of perceptions in entrenching international disputes, the causes and characteristics of conflicts over sacred places, the characteristics of political-religious leadership and political-religious mobilization, and the role of national symbols in conflict.  His book War on Sacred Grounds (Cornell 2009) examines the causes and characteristics of disputes over sacred places around the globe and analyzes the conditions under which these conflicts can be managed.   He has also published chapters on religion and conflict and similar themes to several edited volumes, as well as International Security, Security Studies, Civil Wars, Journal of International Affairs, Washington Quarterly and others.