POMEPS Conversations Index

This week’s conversation is with Lindsay J. Benstead. She speaks with Marc Lynch about who votes for women, and why, in the Middle East. Benstead is noted for her work in survey methodology and public opinion in the Middle East. She’s written about gender quotas in governments, democracy in the Middle East, and Tunisia’s election and female candidates for the Monkey Cage.

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Benstead is an assistant professor of political science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, where she teaches courses on Middle East and North African politics and research methods. Her research focuses on identity politics, clientelism, public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East and North Africa. She is also a contributing scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science and a M.A.E. in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Read more from Benstead:

Effects of Interviewer–Respondent Gender Interaction on Attitudes toward Women and Politics: Findings from Morocco. Oxford Journals, Social Sciences International Journal of Public Opinion, Research Volume 26, Issue 3.

Why Quotas Are Needed to Improve Women’s Access to Services in Clientelistic Regimes. Governance (2015).

Does Interviewer Religious Dress Affect Survey Responses? Evidence from Morocco. Politics and Religion, Volume 7, Issue 04, December 2014.


The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, with Michael Wahid Hanna & Thanassis Cambanis of The Century Foundation. They talk about the upcoming fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution on January 25, and the challenges facing Egypt today.

Cabman’s is the author of Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story. Hanna’s most recent report is Egypt’s Next Phase, and he is the author of Getting Over Egypt at Foreign Affairs. Hanna wrote Blame Morsi following the coup, which was collected in POMEPS Brief No. 20.

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The POMEPS Conversations video series has always been one of my favorite POMEPS activities.  We launched the series in September 2012 with a long conversation with Columbia University’s Timothy Mitchell about his then new book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil.

By the third episode, a conversation with Gregory Gause, we had settled into a distinctive format. In each episode, I would talk with a visiting scholar for no more than 15 minutes about anything from a new book, recent research, issues in the headlines, or their career. We recorded 48 episodes in all, ending in May 2015 with a conversation with Temple University’s Sarah Bush about her book Taming Democracy Assistance. This fall we stopped recording conversations because of my research sabbatical.

I am therefore delighted to announce the return of the POMEPS Conversation series as an audio podcast. I will continue to talk with a wide range of political scientists about their research and about current events. I will also talk with the occasional non-political scientist when it seems appropriate. The audio format gives us more flexibility in recording the conversations, especially as POMEPS ventures outside of GW, and will spare viewers my radio-friendly visage. We hope to post a new conversation each week, so be sure to stay tuned for more podcasts.

The first episode in the new POMEPS Conversations series features a familiar voice: my George Washington University colleague Nathan Brown. Currently the director of GW’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Brown recently concluded a term as the president of the Middle East Studies Association. He is also a member of the POMEPS Advisory Board and my colleague at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East Program. Brown has been an exceptionally prolific and thoughtful analyst of Egypt and the Arab world and his newest book is When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics (Cornell University Press). He contributes frequently to the Monkey Cage, including most recently “Why Egypt’s new Parliament will be born broken” (October 13, 2015) and “Who is running the Egyptian state?” (July 31, 2015).

Listen to my conversation with Nathan Brown about Egyptian politics today— you can stream below or download here.

Marc Lynch


POMEPS Conversations

November 12, 2011

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POMEPS Conversations is a series of short conversations between POMEPS Director Marc Lynch and prominent scholars in the field. Conversations cover a wide range of topics: issues specific to political science, the politics of particular countries in which scholars have expertise, or recently published works. These conversations were originally video recording and beginning in 2016, are now audio only podcasts. We hope that this will become a useful and important archive of the constantly evolving field of political science and the Middle East.

52. Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, February 4, 2016: Civil war in Yemen.

51.Lindsay J. Benstead, Portland State University, January 28, 2016: Gender and quotas in Middle East elections.

50. Michael Wahid Hanna & Thanassis Cambanis, The Century Foundation, January 21, 2016: Challenges facing Egypt today.

49. Nathan Brown, George Washington University, January 14, 2016: Egypt five years after the revolution

48. Sarah Bush, Temple University, May 7, 2015. Topics: Democracy Assistance, Jordan, and Tunisia

47. Monica Marks, St Antony’s College, Oxford. February 17, 2015. Topics: Islamist Movements, Politics, and Society in Tunisia

46. Raphaël Lefèvre, University of Cambridge. February 10, 2015. Topics: Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Syrian Civil War, Lebanon

45. Richard A. Nielsen, MIT. February 2, 2015. Topics: Egypt, Radicalization, Jihadists

44. Abdullah Al-Arian, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. January 21, 2015. Topics: Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, Youth Activism

43. Michael Herb, Georgia State University. December 29, 2014. Topics: Kuwait, UAE, Oil, Economic Development

42. Laurie A. Brand, November 3, 2014. University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Topics: National Narratives, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan

41. Melani Cammett, Brown University. October 30, 2014. Topics: Social Service Provision, Political Parties, Lebanon

40. Joel S. Migdal, University of Washington. October 21, 2014. Topics: U.S. Foreign Policy, Governance, Arab Uprisings

39. Hisham D. Aidi, Columbia University. September 26, 2014. Topics: Muslim Youth, Hip Hop, Activism

38. Norma Claire Moruzzi, University of Illinois at Chicago. September 17, 2014. Topics: Iranian Women, Education, Rouhani

37. Kaveh Ehsani, DePaul University. September 12, 2014. Topics: Iranian Politics, Rouhani, Khatami

36. Tarek Masoud, Harvard University. September 9, 2014. Topics: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Political Islam

35. Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond. April 16, 2014. Topics: Yemen, National Dialogue Conference, Drone Strikes

34. Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Emory University. February 20, 2014. Topics: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic activism

33. François Burgat, Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman. February 7, 2014. Topics: Islamic movements

32. Thomas Hegghammer, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. January 30, 2014. Topics: jihadism, foreign fighters in Syria

31. David Faris, Roosevelt University. December 6, 2013. Topics: social media, activism, Egyptian revolution

30.  Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania. November 22, 2013. Topics: Israeli-Palestinian peace process

29.  Aboubakr Jamaï, Robert Bosch Foundation. November 8, 2013. Topics: Moroccan media, press freedom

28.  Toby Matthiesen, Cambridge University. November 1, 2013. Topics: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, sectarianism

27.  Adria Lawrence, Yale University. October 25, 2013. Topics: Morocco, nationalism, protest movements

26.  John Entelis, Fordham University. October 18, 2013. Topics: Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, revolution

25.  James Toth, New York University Abu Dhabi. October 10, 2013. Topics: Egypt, anthropology, Sayyid Qutb

24.  Nathan J. Brown, The George Washington University. August 27, 2013. Topics: Egyptian military, Muslim Brotherhood, constitution

23.  Jenny White, Boston University. August 19, 2013. Topics: Turkish nationalism, polarization

22.  Philip Howard & Muzammil Hussain, University of Washington. August 13, 2013. Topics: Digital media, Arab Uprisings

21.  Mark Tessler, University of Michigan. June 18, 2013. Topics: Arab Barometer, survey research

20.  Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland. June 7, 2013. Topics: Arab public opinion, identity

19.  Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. May 7, 2013. Topics: Yemen, Lebanon, Islamism

18.  Christopher Davidson, Durham University. March 21, 2013. Topics: Gulf politics, monarchies

17.  Lindsay Benstead, Portland State University. February 25, 2013. Topics: Tunisia, Algeria, elections

16.  Matthew Buehler, University of Texas, Austin. February 18, 2013. Topics: Moroccan Islamist politics, Mauritania

15.  Ellen Lust, Yale University. February 13, 2013. Topics: Jordanian elections, participation, reform

14.  Gershon Shafir, University of California, San Diego. February 4, 2013. Topics: social biographies, Israeli/Palestinian peace process

13.  Ilan Peleg, Lafayette College. January 28, 2013. Topics: Israeli election, identity politics, Israeli/Palestinian peace process

12.  Michael Willis, Oxford University. December 20, 2012. Topics: Maghreb, Algeria, revolution

11.  Nathan J. Brown, The George Washington University. December 12, 2012. Topics: Egypt, constitution, law, Muslim Brotherhood

10.  Kristin Smith Diwan, American University. December 10, 2012. Topics: Kuwait, elections, protest movements

9.  Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University. November 30, 2012. Topics: Syria, refugees, non-violent protest movements

8.  Jillian Schwedler, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. November 16, 2012. Topics: Jordan, protest movements

7.  Jason Brownlee, University of Texas, Austin. November 2, 2012. Topics: Egypt, U.S. foreign policy, democracy, Brownlee’s new book Deterring Democracy

6.  David Patel, Cornell University. October 24, 2012. Topics: Iraq, institutions, Middle East Studies

5.  Joshua Stacher, Kent State University. September 24, 2012. Topics: Egypt, Syria, Stacher’s new book Adaptable Autocrats

4.  Curtis Ryan, Appalachian State University. September 19, 2012. Topic: Jordan

3.  F. Gregory Gause, III, University of Vermont. September 12, 2012. Topics: Middle East Studies, Saudi Arabia, monarchy, and the GCC

2.  M. Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul University. April 17, 2012. Topics: The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, Libya, Egypt, international law

1.  Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University. February 8, 2012. Topic: Carbon Democracy, Mitchell’s recently published book on oil


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