TRE Grants

The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to announce a call for proposals for Winter 2015 POMEPS Travel – Research – Engagement grants. The competition is open to academic political scientists at career stages from PhD students to senior faculty from any institution, and is not restricted to U.S. citizens or residents. Awards of up to $3,000 will be offered to support research travel to the broader Middle East. The research should be in support of an ongoing academic research project. Grant recipients are required to submit at least one article based on their research to POMEPS for possible publication on Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage. The proposed travel should take place between December 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016.

POMEPS especially encourages proposals as part of the Islam in a Changing Middle East initiative. The Arab uprisings have created dramatically new opportunities and challenges not only for Islamist movements but also for the academic and policy communities that study them. Islam in a Changing Middle East seeks to support scholars in adapting to the deluge of new information and evidence. Applications should include:

  • Current CV
  • Research proposal* including:
    • Location of travel
    • Travel schedule
    • Description of project/research plan
    • Budget estimate

    * there is no specific page requirement

  • Proposed Monkey Cage article topics

Interested candidates should submit proposals in one PDF file to Cortni Kerr at by 5:00 pm EST, September 15, 2015.


Samer N. Abboud, (Spring 2013) Arcadia University: Conflict, capital flight, and economic transformation in Syria, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates

Ariel Ahram, (Spring 2014) Virginia Tech University: Being Green and Khaki: How Israel Manages Environmental Security

Holger Albrecht, (Fall 2012) American University of Cairo: Military engagement in mobilizing societies in the Middle East, Yemen

Ashley Anderson, (Fall 2013) Harvard University: Going Political – Institutions, Labor Movements, and Democratic Transition in North Africa

Lindsay Benstead, (Spring 2012) Portland State University: “Tunisians frustrated but engaged” ;  “Islamists Aren’t the Obstacle: How to Build Democracy in Egypt and Tunisia” with Ellen Lust, Dhafer Malouche, Gamal Soltan, and Jakob Wichmann, Foreign Affairs (February 14, 2013); “It’s Morning in Libya: Why Democracy Marches On” with Ellen Lust and Jakob Wichmann, Foreign Affairs (August 6, 2013) ; Why do Some Arab Citizens See Democracy as Unsuitable for Their Country?Democratization (2014) ; “Why some Arabs don’t want democracy” ; POMEPS Conversations #17

Alyssa G. Bernstein, (Spring/Summer 2015) Queen’s University of Belfast: Palestinian prisoners’ resistance in Israeli prisons

Chantal Berman, (Fall 2013) Princeton University: “Inside Tunisia’s Post-Revolutionary Protests

Dina Bishara, (Fall 2011; Summer 2012) George Washington University: “Who speaks for Egypt’s workers?” ; “Back on Horseback: The military and political transformation in Egypt,Middle East Law and Governance (2011)

Alexandra Blackman, (Spring/Summer 2015) Stanford University: The politicization of faith: Understanding the rise of political Islam in the contemporary Middle East

Eric Bordenkircher, (Fall 2011) University of California at Los Angeles: Analysis of the Lebanese political system

Michael Broache*, (Summer 2013) Columbia University: The International Criminal Court in the Libyan Civil War

Steven Brooke, (Spring 2013) University of Texas at Austin: “Egypt’s Crackdown on Islamist Charities

Nathan Brown, (Spring 2013) George Washington University: “Egypt’s state constitutes itself” ; “Egypt’s constitutional racers stagger to the finish line” ; “Islam in Egypt’s New Constitution” ; “The evolution within the revolution” ; “Egypt’s new mufti” ; “Egypt’s judiciary between a tea ceremony and the WWE” ; “Will June 30 be midnight for Morsi’s Cinderella Story?” ; “Egypt’s wide state reassembles itself

Jason Brownlee, (Fall 2011) University of Texas: “Morsi takes Manhattan, but Washington’s another story” ;  Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance, Cambridge University Press (2012)

Matthew Buehler, (Spring 2012) University of Texas: Islamist-leftist alliances in Mauritania. “Mauritania Votes” ; “Safety valve elections and the Arab spring,” Terrorism and Political Violence (2013)

Sarah Bush, (Spring 2012) Harvard University: “Are we repeating democracy promotion mistakes in Tunisia?” ;  “Democracy Promotion after the ‘Jasmine Revolution': A Dispatch from TunisJadaliyya

Melani Cammett, (Fall 2011) Brown University: “The limits of anti-Islamism in Tunisia

Amanda Rizkallah Chown, (Fall 2013) University of California, Los Angeles: Coffins and Castles – How civil war patronage networks shape the post-war political system

Emma Deputy, (Summer 2011) University of Texas: Egypt’s Toshka project

Kristin Smith Diwan, (Summer 2012) American University: Youth Movements and Post-Islamism in the Gulf. “Kuwait’s Balancing Act” ; “Kuwait’s Constitutional Showdown” ; “Kuwait’s Youth Movement” ; POMEPS Conversation #10

Aaron Erlich, (Fall/Winter 2014) University of Washington: Power of the Panopticon? How Symbols of Dictators Affect Citizens’ Behavior (with Lauren Prather)

Kristin Fabbe, (Summer 2011) Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Urban politics and public goods provision in Turkey. “Doing more with less: the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish elections, and the uncertain future of Turkish politics,Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity (2012)

Sarah F. Fisher, (Spring/Summer 2015) American University: The 2015 parliamentary campaigns and the construction of the women-Islam-secularism nexus in Turkey

Diana Greenwald, (Fall 2012) University of Michigan: “The Palestinian fiscal crisis

Sharanbir Grewal, (Summer 2014) Princeton University: Participate or Dominate? Explaining the Differing Strategies of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Tunisia’s Ennahda

Kimberly Guiler, (Spring/Summer 2015) University of Texas at Austin: Public opinion and Turkey’s parliamentary elections

Lisel Hintz, (Spring 2014) George Wasthington University: “‘No Opposition, No Democracy’ in Turkey’s elections

Nathan Hodson, (Spring 2013) Princeton University: The changing role of Saudi Arabia’s business class

Amy Austin Holmes, (Fall/Winter 2014) American University in Cairo: “Why Egypt’s military orchestrated a massacre

Trevor Johnston, (Spring 2014) University of Michigan: Divide and Distribute: Minority Sabotage and Authoritarian Distribution in the Arabian Gulf

Calvert Jones, (Spring 2012) Yale University: Top-down social engineering in the United Arab Emirates

Angela Joya, (Spring/Summer 2015) University of Oregon: Islamic politics in an age of globalization: The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s quest for power in Syria

Kristen Kao, (Summer 2013) University of California, Los Angeles: Voter mobilization and ethnic/ideological affiliations in parliamentary elections

Morgan Kaplan, (Summer 2014) University of Chicago: “Why the U.S. backed the Kurds

Neil Ketchley, (Fall/Winter 2014) London School of Economics: Muslim Brothers, Muslim Sisters and the National Alliance to Support Legitmacy

Ahmed Khanani, (Fall 2012) Indiana University: How Islamists imagine and enact democracy, Morocco.

Ramazan Kilinc, (Fall/Winter 2014) University of Nebraska, Omaha: The Divide within the Faithful: Competition among Islamic Groups and the Future of Democracy in Turkey and Beyond

Kevin Koehler, (Fall/Winter 2014) King’s College London: Determinants of cohesion in Arab militaries in periods of domestic unrest

Vickie Langohr, (Spring 2014) Holy Cross: Changing Modes of Activism, and Actors, in Campaigns Against Sexual Harassment and Assault in Egypt: The Long-Term Implications for Women’s Rights Organizing; “New President, Old Pattern of Sexual Violence in Egypt” Middle East Report Online

Adria Lawrence, (Fall 2011) Yale University: “Election dilemmas for Morocco’s protest movement

Sean Lee, (Summer 2014) Northwestern University: Minority groups in violent conflict

Raphael Lefevre, (Spring 2014) Cambridge University: “Syria’s Influence on Sunni Islamist Movement in Lebanon” ; “The Roots of Crisis in Northern LebanonCarnegie Endowment for International Peace ;

Eric Lob, (Summer 2012) Princeton University: The Iranian and Lebanese Reconstruction Jihad

Ellen Lust, (Spring 2012) Yale University: “Tunisians Frustrated but Engaged

Monica Marks, (Spring 2014) Oxford University: “Tunisia’s Transition Continues

Daniel T. R. Masterson, (Spring/Summer 2015) Yale University: Refugees and collective action in the Syrian civil war

Kevin Mazur, (Spring 2014) Princeton University: “Local struggles in Syria’s northeast

Rory McCarthy, (Spring/Summer 2015) University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College: Ennahdha and the religious/political divide

Jessica Mecellem, (Fall/Winter 2014) Loyola University Chicago: Seeking Justice for Forced Disappearances in Turkey and Algeria

Yasmeen Mekawy, (Spring/Summer 2015) University of Chicago: Passionate publics: Emotions & events through social media in the January 25 Revolution

Shadi Moktari, (Summer 2012) American University: “The New Politics of Human Rights in the Middle East

Steve L. Monroe, (Spring/Summer 2015) Princeton University: Collective political identity in small and medium size business enterprises.

Jacob Mundy, (Summer 2012) Colgate University: “Militia politics in Libya’s national elections

Harris Mylonas, (Spring 2014) George Washington University: “The Politics of Diaspora Management in Israel”

Daniel Nerenberg, (Summer 2012, 2014) George Washington University: Behavior norms in the Palestinian’s ethno-nationalist conflict

Julie Norman, (Summer 2014) McGill University: Political implications of imprisonment and detention

Kelsey Norman, (Fall/Winter 2014) University of California, Irvine: “Migrants in post-revolution Egypt

Elizabeth R. Nugent, (Spring 2013) Princeton University: Service provision and support for Islamist parties in Egypt

Dorothy Ohl, (Summer 2014) George Washington University: Loyalty and defection among military personnel in situations of domestic unrest

Sarah Parkinson, (Summer 2014) University of Minnesota: Without White SUVs: Local Refugee Aid in Lebanon ; “Refugee 101: Palestinians in Lebanon Show Refugees from Syria the Ropes

Wendy Pearlman, (Summer 2012) Northwestern University: Understanding processes of mobilization in Syria ; “Fathers of RevolutionGuernica ; “Rebel Fragmentation in Syria and Palestine” ; “A new Palestinian intifada?” ; POMEPS Conversation #9

Anne Peters, (Summer 2011) Wesleyan University: Why aid to the PA doesn’t buy leverage

Sam Plapinger, (Summer 2014) University of Virginia: Opposition Governance in the Syrian Civil War

Lauren Prather, (Fall/Winter 2014) Stanford University: Power of the Panopticon? How Symbols of Dictators Affect Citizens’ Behavior (with Aaron Erlich)

Dina Rashed, (Summer 2011) University of Chicago: “What Morsi could learn from Anwar Sadat” ; “Reforming the Egyptian police

Lawrence Rubin, (Fall 2011) Georgia Institute of Technology: The Islamic Movement in Israel ; “Islamic Political Activism in IsraelBrookings Institution (April 2014)

Curtis Ryan, (Fall 2011) Appalachian State University: “Jordan’s high stakes electoral reform” ; “Jordan’s security dilemmas” ; “Jordan’s website blocking controversy

Aytug Sasmaz, (Spring/Summer 2015) Brown University: Politics of designing decentralization in Tunisia

Nadav Shelef, (Fall 2011) University of Wisconsin and Yael Zeira, New York University: U.N. recognition of Palestine and Palestinian public opinion

Nadav Samin, (Fall 2011) Princeton University: The role of tribal and genealogical consciousness in Saudi Arabian politics. “Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Social Media Movement” Arab Media & Society (2012)

Frederick Harris Setzer, (Fall/Winter 2014) Cornell University: Judicial Power in Transitional Regimes: Tunisia and Egypt Since the Arab Spring

Daniel Silverman, (Summer 2014) Ohio State University: Rage Against the Machines: The Consequences of Drone Warfare in Yemen, Pakistan, and Beyond

Salma Al-Shami, (Spring/Summer 2015) Northwestern University: Escaping authoritarianism? Civic participation strategies in the Syrian revolution

Erin Snider, (Summer 2012) University of Cambridge, Trinity College: Politics of Democracy Aid in Morocco after the Arab Spring

Joshua Stacher, (Summer 2012) Kent State University: Blame the SCAF for Egypt’s Problems” ; Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and SyriaStanford University Press (2012)

Alissa Strunk, (Summer 2013) Indiana University: “Tunisia’s feuding youth

Mine Tafolar, (Fall 2012) University of Texas: Social policies, clientelist networks and women’s empowerment, Turkey

Silvana Toska, (Summer 2012) Harvard University: “Building a Yemeni state while losing a revolution

Alanna Van Antwerp, (Fall 2011) George Washington University: “Post-Soviet lessons for Egypt

Ann Wainscot, (Spring 2014) Saint Louis University: “The Memory of the 1965 Casablanca Riots” ; “Why did Morocco’s prime minister call for a boycott of Dannon yogurt?

Scott Weiner, (Summer 2011) George Washington University: Israel’s social protest movement

Madeleine Wells, (Fall 2011) George Washington University: “Yemen’s Houthi movement and the revolution

Emily Regan Wills, (Fall 2012) University of Toronto: “Politicizing Egypt’s economic reform

Anne-Margret Wolf, (Spring/Summer 2015) University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College: Ennahda’s youth and radicalization

Sean Yom, (Summer 2012) Temple University: “Jordan’s new politics of tribal dissent” ; “The Survival of Arab Monarchies” ; “Resilient Royals: How Arab Monarchies Hang On” with F. Gregory Gause II, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 23, Number 4 (October 2012) ; “Tribal Politics in Contemporary Jordan: The Case of the Hirak Movement,” The Middle East Journal, Vol. 68, Number 2 (Spring 2014) ; “The New Landscape of Jordanian Politics: Social Opposition, Fiscal Crisis, and the Arab Spring” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, online (July 2014)

Elizabeth Young, (Summer 2014) University of Michigan: Islam, Secularism, and National Identity in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Hind Ahmed Zaki, (Summer 2013) University of Washington: Institutional responses to public forms of sexual violence

* could not travel due to security concerns


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