Barbara Elias

Assistant Professor of Government

Barbara Elias is an Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College specializing in international relations, insurgency warfare, U.S. foreign policy, national security, and Islam and politics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in political science, and was the Director of the Afghanistan/Pakistan/Taliban Documentation Project at The National Security Archive in Washington D.C.

Research interests include counterinsurgency, proxy wars, military intervention, alliance politics, foreign policy, political Islam, and power asymmetries.


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • BA, Brown University, 2002