TRE Grants

Summer 2016 TRE Grants

November 16, 2015

The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to announce a call for proposals for Summer 2016 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 Monkey Cage blog. Opportunities for POMEPS workshops and conferences are often extended to applicants. The proposed travel should take place between March 1, 2016 and September 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 Stephanie Dahle at by 5:00 pm EST, January 19, 2016.*

*Deadline extended for MLK holiday weekend

Past recipients of TRE grants are eligible to apply, but please be advised that priority will be given to those who have not previously received funding. 


Winter 2015-16

Michaelle Browers, Wake Forest University: Political Thought after the Arab Uprisings: Citizenship and Regime

Ian Hartshorn, University of Nevada, Reno: Free Speech and Speech Acts in the New Tunisia

Steven Schaaf, George Washington University: Egyptian, Jordanian and Qatari judiciaries

Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College: Amman’s Changing Urban Spaces: Consuming Protest

Sarah Weirich, Rutgers University: Archives, Blackmail, and Corruption: Memory, Power, and Silence in Post-Revolution Tunisia

Bozena Welborne, Smith College: Omani exceptionalism

Spring/Summer 2015

Alyssa G. Bernstein, Queen’s University of Belfast: Palestinian prisoners’ resistance in Israeli prisons

Alexandra Blackman, Stanford University: The politicization of faith: Understanding the rise of political Islam in the contemporary Middle East

Sarah F. Fisher, Marymount University: The 2015 parliamentary campaigns and the construction of the women-Islam-secularism nexus in Turkey

Kimberly Guiler, The University of Texas at Austin: “How the Kurds upended Turkish politics

Angela Joya, University of Oregon: Islamic politics in an age of globalization: The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s quest for power in Syria

Daniel T. R. Masterson, Yale University: Refugees and collective action in the Syrian civil war

Rory McCarthy, University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College: “What happens when Islamists lose an election,” and “Will Tunisia’s fragile transition survive the Sousse attack?”

Steve L. Monroe, Princeton University: Collective political identity in small and medium size business enterprises.

Salma Al-Shami, Northwestern University: Escaping authoritarianism? Civic participation strategies in the Syrian revolution

Yasmeen Mekawym, University of Chicago: Passionate publics: Emotions & events through social media in the January 25 Revolution

Aytug Sasmaz, Brown University: Politics of designing decentralization in Tunisia

Anne-Margret Wolf, University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College: Ennahda’s youth and radicalization


Fall/Winter 2014

Amy Austin Holmes, American University in Cairo: “Why Egypt’s military orchestrated a massacre

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

Neil Ketchley, London School of Economics: Muslim Brothers, Muslim Sisters and the National Alliance to Support Legitmacy

Ramazan Kilinc, University of Nebraska, Omaha: The rift between the AKP and Gulen movement in Turkey

Kevin Koehler, King’s College London: Determinants of cohesion in Arab militaries in periods of domestic unrest

Jessica Mecellem, Loyola University Chicago: Seeking Justice for Forced Disappearances in Turkey and Algeria

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

Kelsey Norman, University of California, Irvine: “Migrants in post-revolution Egypt

Frederick Harris Setzer, Cornell University: Judicial Power in Transitional Regimes: Tunisia and Egypt Since the Arab Spring


Summer 2014

Sharanbir Grewal, Princeton University: “Why Tunisia didn’t follow Egypt’s path

Morgan Kaplan, University of Chicago: “Why the U.S. backed the Kurds

Sean Lee, Northwestern University: Minority groups in violent conflict

Julie Norman, McGill University: Political implications of imprisonment and detention

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

Daniel Nerenberg, George Washington University: Behavior norms in the Palestinian’s ethno-nationalist conflict

Sarah Parkinson, University of Minnesota: Without White SUVs: Local Refugee Aid in Lebanon ; “Refugee 101: Palestinians in Lebanon Show Refugees from Syria the Ropes”; “Negotiating Health and Life: Syrian Refugees and the Politics of Access in Lebanon.

Sam Plapinger, University of Virginia: Opposition Governance in the Syrian Civil War

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

Elizabeth Young, University of Michigan: “Islam and Islamists in the 2014 Tunisian elections


Spring 2014

Ariel Ahram, Virginia Tech University: “Development, Counterinsurgency, and the Destruction of the Iraqi Marshes

Lisel Hintz, George Washington University: “No Opposition, No Democracy’ in Turkey’s elections

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

Vickie Langohr, Holy Cross: “Arab youth activism for gender equality“; “New President, Old Pattern of Sexual Violence in Egypt” Middle East Report Online

Raphael Lefevre, Cambridge University: “The Syrian Brotherhood’s Islamic State challenge”; “The Roots of Crisis in Northern Lebanon” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Monica Marks, Oxford University: “Tunisia’s Transition Continues“; “Tunisia opts for an inclusive new government“; “How Egypt’s coup really affected Tunisia’s Islamists

Kevin Mazur, Princeton University: “Local struggles in Syria’s northeast

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

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

Sean Yom, Temple University: “The New Landscape of Jordanian Politics: Social Opposition, Fiscal Crisis, and the Arab Spring” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, online (July 2014)


Fall 2013

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

Chantal Berman, Princeton University: “Inside Tunisia’s Post-Revolutionary Protests” and “Tunisian voters balancing security and freedom

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


Summer 2013

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

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

Alissa Strunk, Indiana University: “Tunisia’s feuding youth

Hind Ahmed Zaki, University of Washington: Institutional responses to public forms of sexual violence


Spring 2013

Samer N. Abboud, Arcadia University: “Syria’s Business Elite: Between Political Alignment and Hedging Their Bets“; “Capital Flight and the Consequences of the War Economy

Steven Brooke, The University of Texas at Austin: “Egypt’s Crackdown on Islamist Charities

Nathan Brown, 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

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

Elizabeth R. Nugent, Princeton University: Service provision and support for Islamist parties in Egypt, and “Tunisian voters balancing security and freedom


Fall 2012

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

Diana Greenwald, University of Michigan: “The Palestinian fiscal crisis

Ahmed Khanani, Indiana University: How Islamists imagine and enact democracy, Morocco.

Mine Tafolar, The University of Texas: Social policies, clientelist networks and women’s empowerment, Turkey

Emily Regan Wills, University of Toronto: “Politicizing Egypt’s economic reform


Summer 2012

Dina Bishara, 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)

Eric Lob, Princeton University: The Iranian and Lebanese Reconstruction Jihad

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

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

Kristin Smith Diwan, 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

Shadi Moktari, American University: “The New Politics of Human Rights in the Middle East” ; “Human rights and power amid protest and change in the Arab world,” Third World Quarterly, Vol. 36, Number 6, (2015)

Jacob Mundy, Colgate University: “Militia politics in Libya’s national elections

Daniel Nerenberg, George Washington University: Behavior norms in the Palestinian’s ethno-nationalist conflict

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

Silvana Toska, Harvard University: “Building a Yemeni state while losing a revolution

Sean Yom, 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 2012

Lindsay Benstead, 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

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

Sarah Bush, Harvard University: “Are we repeating democracy promotion mistakes in Tunisia?”,  “Democracy Promotion after the ‘Jasmine Revolution’: A Dispatch from Tunis” Jadaliyya

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

Ellen Lust, Yale University: “Tunisians Frustrated but Engaged


Fall 2011

Dina Bishara, 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)

Eric Bordenkircher; University of California at Los Angeles: Analysis of the Lebanese political system. “Kings, Queens, Rooks and Pawns: Towards Deciphering the Lebanese Political Chessboard.” Review of Middle East Studies. Vol. 47 No. 2 (Winter 2013)

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

Melani Cammett, Brown University: “The limits of anti-Islamism in Tunisia

Adria Lawrence, Yale University: “Election dilemmas for Morocco’s protest movement

Lawrence Rubin, Georgia Institute of Technology: The Islamic Movement in Israel ; “Islamic Political Activism in Israel” Brookings Institution (April 2014); Why Israel Outlawed the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement”  Lawfare Blog.

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

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

Nadav Samin, 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)

Alanna Van Antwerp, George Washington University: “Post-Soviet lessons for Egypt

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


Summer 2011

Emma Deputy, The University of Texas: Egypt’s Toshka project

Kristin Fabbe, 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)

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

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

Scott Weiner, George Washington University: Israel’s social protest movement


* could not travel due to security concerns



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