Jason Klocek

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Jason Klocek is a doctoral candidate interested in civil conflict, religious violence, and counterinsurgency. His dissertation investigates how the religious identity of rebel groups influences the strategic decision making of counterinsurgent forces, with a focus on British operations during the early post-war period. He has received support for this research from the National Science Foundation, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Institute of International Studies at UC, Berkeley, and the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion.

Klocek's writing has been featured in edited volumes on the military chaplaincy (with Ron E. Hassner) and interfaith dialogue (with Cristina Novoa and Fathali M. Moghaddam), along with online foreign policy magazines. During the 2015 fall semester, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice at Uppsala University. He is the recipient of the 2015 Weber Best Paper Award from the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association and the 2015 Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Religion and International Relations Section of the International Studies Association. He was named the Graduate Student Instructor of the Year by the Berkeley Undergraduate Political Science Association in 2011. 

Klocek has also served as a consultant for transitional justice projects at Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame. The former included fieldwork in Rwanda and South Sudan. Klocek holds an M.A. in Political Science from UC, Berkeley (2010) and an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University (2009). He served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Turkmenistan from 2003-2005.

This summer he will be a graduate mentor for the SMART program, a Graduate Division initiative that enables doctoral students to create mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley.

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Ron E. Hassner
Primary Subfield: 
International Relations
Secondary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics