Laurie A. Brand is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of international relations and Middle East studies and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the chair of the Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom. Brand is the author of several works, including Citizens Abroad: Emigration and the State in the Middle East and North Africa (Cambridge University Press 2006). She discusses her most recent book Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (Stanford University Press 2014).