David L. Knoll

PhD Student

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University (Thesis: The Pakistani Army’s 2003-2008 Incursions into North and South Waziristan: A Strategic Culture Approach)
  • BA, University of Virginia
  • Arabic Language Certificate, American University in Cairo, Arabic Language Institute


David is a doctoral candidate in the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School. His research interests include military technology & innovation, non-state armed groups, nuclear weapons strategy, religion & violence, and Southwest Asia. He is particularly interested in the implications of these issues for American foreign policy. Prior to matriculating at The Fletcher School, David was an international affairs researcher at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, working on many of the above issues. He also served as the research assistant for "Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West," the last book authored by former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. His research focused on the relationship between Islam and Democracy, both in modern states and the democratic foundations within the Quran.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
  • Fletcher PhD Scholarship (2012-2013)
  • Scaife Foundation Award (2012)
  • Earhart Foundation Fellowship (2011-2012)

Fields of Study
  • International Security Studies
  • Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization

Knoll, David. “An Iron Roadblock,” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, December 14, 2012.
Knoll, David. “Will America’s Addiction to Drone Strikes Backfire?” The Diplomat, October 23, 2012.
• Knoll, David. “Pakistan: front and centre,” Dawn, November 27, 2008, Opinion: p. 7.

Dissertation Advisor(s)
Richard Shultz
Robert L. Pfaltzgraff Jr.
William C. Martel

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