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Kristin Fabbe

Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-Chair


Kristin Fabbe

Kristin Fabbe is an assistant professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit, where she teaches the course of the same name in the MBA required curriculum. Her primary expertise is in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the Middle East and southeastern Europe, particularly Turkey.

Kristin is co-chair for the seminar on Colonialism and Mediterranean Europe at Center for European Studies at Harvard and a faculty affiliate at the Middle East Initiative at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center. She is also co-chair of Harvard Business School's 2017-18 Business History Working Group on Business, Politics and Historical Trajectories of Capitalist Development.

In her research, Professor Fabbe seeks to understand the relationship between state-driven development strategies and identity politics. Her book manuscript, currently under contract at Cambridge University Press, analyzes the role of religious elites, institutions, and attachments in state centralization initiatives in Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. She has also researched and published on issues including the role of secular parties, the Syrian refugee crisis, transitional justice in Northern Iraq and the formalization of informal economies.

Professor Fabbe received her PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds an MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in history from Lewis and Clark College. Before joining HBS, she was an assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Co-Chair, Colonialism and Mediterranean Europe, CES, Harvard University
  • Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University