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Mark Tomass, Ph.D.


Mark Tomass, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor at Harvard University. Professor Tomass’s research work focuses on monetary and credit crises, civil conflict in the Middle East, and organized crime. His current work on civil conflict draws from his experience as a native of Syria and his scholarship while a research fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, including the publications Religious Identity, Informal Institutions, and the Nation States of the Near East, Game Theory Models with Instrumentally Irrational Players: A Case Study of Civil War and Sectarian Cleansing, and his forthcoming book entitled: "The Religious Origin of the Syrian Conflict: The Remaking of the Fertile Crescent." His book employs economic concepts that highlight the role of political entrepreneurs in the formation of the religious map of the Middle East and the civil conflicts they have generated. Professor Tomass obtained his doctoral degree in monetary economics in 1991 at Northeastern University. He has taught Money & Banking, International Trade & Finance, and Comparative Economic Systems in various U.S. and international universities and business schools, including Harvard University, Babson College, the University of New York in Prague, and Masaryk University.

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