Sean Rao is a doctoral candidate in government and politics at the University of Maryland. His dissertation examines the impact of political religion and other strong ideologies on the longevity of political organizations demanding secession, autonomy, or rights for ethnic and religious minorities worldwide. His other research interests include American public opinion on foreign policy, particularly related to religious and national identity. He is a Fulbright alumnus who carried out fieldwork in summer 2021 for Israel to study the ideology of the Arab parties of Israel.


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2017
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2015
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011


  • 2021-05-01
    Fulbright One Semester Doctoral Study Award
  • 2022-01-01
    Humane Studies Fellowship


  • "Exclusive and Inclusive Religious and National Values: The Case of American Views on Israel." Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference.


  • Ideology and Recruitment in Political Movements (Dissertation)
  • Exclusive and Inclusive Religious and National Values: The Case of American Views on Israel

Research Topics

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
Sean Rao
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