Ori Swed, Affiliate
Ori Swed is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social
Work at Texas Tech University. He is also the director of the Peace, War, & Social
Conflict Lab. Prior to joining Texas Tech, Ori was a Lecturer at the Sociology Department
at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Ph.D. Ori earned his M.A.
in History and a dual B.A. in History and Sociology from the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. In addition, Ori worked as a private consultant in the hi-tech sector.
Ori is a political sociologist and an organization scholar. He studies the role of organizations from a global perspective, especially as it relates to peace and war and human security issues. In his work, he studies the roles of non-state actors in conflict areas, looking at private military and security companies, violent non-state actors, and aid organizations. Currently, Ori work with his research teams on two projects: 1. Mapping the global private military and security industry 2. Terrorist organizations and the media.