Jason Klocek is a Global Religion Research Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching examine the role of religion in conflict, state counterinsurgency and repression, and civil wars and political violence more broadly. He is especially interested in British military history and conflicts in the Middle East and East Africa.
Klocek's current book project investigates the role state forces play play in obstructing the peaceful resolution of religious civil wars, with a particular focus on British counterinsurgency operations during the early postwar period. This project draws on eight months of archival research in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Israel. The theory and findings challenge the influential notion that dissidents’ spiritual beliefs alone drive the intractibility of religious conflicts.
Klocek has received support for this research from the National Science Foundation, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Berkeley Institute of International Studies, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, and the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association.
Klocek's published work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution (with Peter Henne), St. Antony's International Review, and edited volumes on religion and politics (with Ron. E. Hassner), the military chaplaincy (with Ron E. Hassner) and interfaith dialogue (with Cristina Novoa and Fathali M. Moghaddam). 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. His research was recently featured on the Research on Religion podcast.
Klocek received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley 2018. He also 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.