Gabriel Koehler-Derrick

Assistant Professor of Political Science Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Tufts University, MA Columbia University, PhD Harvard University

Research Areas: development; state building; MENA region; religious politics


Gabriel Koehler-Derrick is a political scientist focused on economic and political development, state building, and the politics of religion, with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled The Colonial Origins of Local Inequality, which examines the legacies of colonialism for local development across North Africa.

Gabriel completed his PhD in Government from Harvard University in 2020. From 2020 until 2022, he was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University. From 2010 until 2014, he worked in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy. Prior to West Point, Gabriel completed an MA at Columbia University and a BA at Tufts University.

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