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Kristin Fabbe

Faculty Associate


Kristin Fabbe

Kristin Fabbe is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor in the business, government, and international economy unit at the Harvard Business School (HBS). Her primary expertise is in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the greater Mediterranean region. Her first book, Disciples of the State: Religion and State-Building in the Former Ottoman World (Cambridge University Press, 2019) examines the role of religious elites, institutions, and attachments in state-building and modernization initiatives in Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. She is currently researching a second major project on social cohesion and crises, particularly economic shocks, severe austerity measures, and large demographic changes. In other work, Fabbe uses surveys and qualitative methods to examine legacies of violence, post-conflict reconciliation, refugees and forced-migration, secularization, democratic durability, and state-business relations. She has conducted fieldwork in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Cyprus.

At HBS, Fabbe teaches the course "Globalization and Emerging Markets". Previously she taught "Business, Government and the International Economy" in the MBA required curriculum. She has also taught in several executive education programs.

Fabbe is a faculty affiliate at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and a faculty associate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). She also sits on the steering committee of Harvard’s Center for Middle East Studies and the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program.


  • Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University