Barbara Elias

Assistant Professor of Government

Barbara Elias is an Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College specializing in international relations, counterinsurgency warfare, national security, U.S. foreign policy 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 insurgency, intervention, foreign policy, alliances, political Islam, and coercion.

Barbara Elias


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