Biography

Jeremy-PressmanJeremy Pressman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of Middle East Studies

Jeremy Pressman joined the University of Connecticut in 2003. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT (2002) and his BA from Brandeis University.

Pressman has written two books, Warring Friends: Alliance Restraint in International Politics (Cornell University Press, 2008) and Point of No Return: The Deadly Struggle for Middle East Peace, with Geoffrey Kemp (Brookings Institution Press, 1997). Pressman is currently writing a third book, tentatively titled The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force. As Director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut, he advises students in the Middle East Studies Minor and manages Mideast scholarly programming on campus. He is also co-director, with Prof. Erica Chenoweth, of the Crowd Counting Consortium. Pressman is on twitter @djpressman.

Current Research

Foreign Voices, Openness to Experience, and U.S. Public Opinion about International Affairs (with Dr. Matthew Leep)

In our contemporary information environment, many possible voices — both foreign and domestic — weigh in on divisive political issues. The aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of how different sources of information affect public views on highly-charged topics. In particular, we are focusing on how domestic and foreign voices included in news stories shape the reaction of the American public to major news stories about the Arab-Israeli peace process, Israeli settlement-building, and the conduct of Israeli and Palestinian military forces. We want to know how the national origin of the speaker in news stories affects public perspectives. Are those closer to the conflict considered more influential or authoritative voices? How do these voices shape the views of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents? How do individuals respond to foreign voices that challenge or contradict U.S. domestic political voices?

The March for Science

I am starting a new project studying the March for Science which took place on April 22, 2017. More to come.

Curriculum Vitae