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Dr. Ayal Feinberg

Assistant Professor



Office: Ferguson Social Science 152

Dr. Ayal Feinberg received his Ph.D. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Methodology from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2019. He also holds a B.A. in International Studies with a Middle East focus from Trinity College and an M.A. in Government with a focus on Conflict Resolution from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). His dissertation titled “Explaining the Homeland-Diaspora Nexus: Israel Motivated Violence and its Consequences” examines how homeland conflict behaviors can alter the security and identity of diaspora communities.

Dr. Feinberg has worked on several impactful projects throughout his academic career. He researched homegrown radicalization and intelligent defensive systems for the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism. At UNT, he had the pleasure of working with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia documenting the experiences of victims and witnesses of genocide. In the Summer of 2019, the Center for Analysis of the Radical Right (United Kingdom) appointed him as a Senior Fellow.

Dr. Feinberg joined the faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2019 where he teaches International Relations with a focus on International Law and Organizations, in addition to courses on Political Science Research Methodology and American Government. While pursuing his Ph.D. at UNT, he received several teaching awards including the university-wide Outstanding Teaching Fellow of 2019.

Dr. Feinberg’s eclectic research interests include diaspora identity and security, ethnoreligious prejudice and hate crimes, radical right groups and parties, international law, social conflict, and variations in government repression. He is an expert in anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic events both in the United States and around the globe. His research has been featured or is forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, International Interactions, Politics & Religion, Contemporary Jewry, PS: Political Science & Politics, Harvard National Security Journal, and the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. He has also written several op-eds for the Washington Post and The Hill.