Nick Lotito

Nick Lotito

Lecturer, Political Science and Global Affairs

Yale University


I’m a lecturer at Yale University, where I teach in the Department of Political Science and the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. My research focuses on civil-military relations and political violence, with an emphasis on North Africa and the Middle East.


  • International Security
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Middle East and North Africa


  • PhD in Political Science, 2018

    Columbia University

  • MA in Political Science, 2013

    Columbia University

  • BA in Political Science, 2010

    Haverford College




Yale University

Jul 2018 – Present New Haven


Public Trust in the Military

What explains high public trust in the armed forces in authoritarian and democratizing countries?

Origins of Coercive Institutions

Colonial origins of security forces in MENA.

Terrorism in Armed Conflict

Data project on the use of terrorism in civil war.

Soldiers and Societies in Revolt

Military organizational culture in the Arab Spring.


(2020). Terrorism in Armed Conflict: New Data Attributing Terrorism to Rebel Organizations. Conflict Management and Peace Science (Forthcoming).

Project GitHub

(2020). Pandemic Performance: Women Leaders in the Covid-19 Crisis. Politics & Gender.


(2019). Trade-offs and Public Support for Security Reform during Democratic Transitions. Middle East Law & Governance, 11(2).


(2018). Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds. International Studies Quarterly, 62(4).

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Other Writing