Dr. Zacharias Pieri

Dr. Zacharias Pieri USFSM

Title: Instructor

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Phone: 941-359-4200

Email: zpieri@usf.edu

Office: C266

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Zacharias Pieri, PhD, is an Instructor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, focusing on International Relations and Security Studies. He also serves as the Director of the ISS Internship Program. Dr. Pieri joined the USFSM faculty in 2016.  Prior to this, Dr. Pieri was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict at the University of South Florida, Tampa. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Exeter, UK, where he also graduated with a Masters degree in Modern Middle East Studies, with distinction. His undergraduate degree is from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he read International Relations and Modern History.

Dr. Pieri’s research focuses on the relationships between religion, politics and violence. His focus is on the ideological and strategic development of Boko Haram, and the evolution of Islamic State’s franchises. He has consulted on international projects investigating counter-radical discourses amongst Muslim communities around the world. In the past he has worked on the adaptation of Islamist movements and the contentious politics of mosque construction in Britain. He is a world expert on the Tablighi Jamaat movement. Dr. Pieri regularly publishes on Islam in contemporary societies. Dr. Pieri has advised UK and US governments on conflict in Africa. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2010. Pieri regularly appears in the media including the BBC, Canadian Television News, the Washington Post, and International Business Times among others.

Dr. Pieri’s teaching interests are in the areas of International Relations and Security Studies including, global conflict, extremism, contemporary Islam, Social and Religious Movements, and ethno-methodologies. He also teaches the ISS Internship course.


Pieri, Zacharias and Jacob Zenn. 2016. “The Boko Haram Paradox: Ethnicity, Religion, and Historical Memory in Pursuit of a Caliphate ”, African Security, 9:1, pp. 66-88

Pieri, Zacharias and Atta Barkindo. 2016. “Muslims in Nigeria: Between Challenge and Opportunity”, in Mason, Robert (ed.), Muslim Minority - State Relations: Violence, Integration and Policy. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pieri, Zacharias. 2015. Tablighi Jamaat and the Quest for the London “Mega-Mosque”: Continuity and Change. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pieri, Zacharias. 2014. “Anyone For Tabligh?” Critical Muslim, Issue 10, pp. 101-113.

Pieri, Zacharias; Woodward, Mark; Yahya, Mariani; Hassan, Ibrahim; Rohmaniyah, Inayah. 2014. “Commanding Good and Prohibiting Evil in Contemporary Islam: Cases from Britain, Nigeria and Southeast Asia.” Contemporary Islam, 8:1, pp. 37-55.

Pieri, Zacharias and Rafael Serrano. 2014. ‘Insurgency Prolonged: Nigeria’s Lack of Strategic Adaptation & The Rising Boko Haram Death Toll’, West Africa Insight, May Issue, Centre for Democracy and Development, Abjua.

Serrano, Rafael and Zacharias Pieri. 2014. “By the Numbers: The Nigerian State’s Efforts to Counter Boko Haram” in Pérouse de Montclos, Marc-Antoine (ed.), Boko Haram: Islamism, Politics, Security, and the State in Nigeria, Ibadan, Leyden, IFRA-Nigeria, Leyden University Press, Waposo Series, N°2.

Pieri, Zacharias, 2012 Tablighi Jamaat: Handy Books on Religion in World Affairs. London: Lapido.

DeHannas, Daniel and Zacharias Pieri. 2011. 'Olympic Proportions: The Expanding Scalar Politics of the "Olympics Mega-Mosque" Controversy.' Sociology, 45:5.

Githens-Mazer, Jonathan, Robert Lambert, Abdul-Haqq Baker, Safiyah Cohen-Baker and Zacharias Pieri. 2010. ‘Muslim Communities Perspectives on Radicalisation in Leicester, UK’, Centre for Studies in Islamism and Radicalisation: Aarhus, Denmark.