POMEPS Welcomes New Steering Committee Members

POMEPS is thrilled to announce the addition of Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud, and Vickie Langohr to the POMEPS Steering Committee and the addition of long-standing Steering Committee members Lisa Anderson, Michael Barnett, Steven Heydemann, and Shibley Telhami to the new POMEPS Advisory Board.


Jason Brownlee is an associate professor in the department of government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He is co-author, with Tarek Masoud and Andrew Reynolds, of The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Brownlee has been an active member of the POMEPS community, including participating in annual conferences and the Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop. Recently he authored “Was Obama wrong to withdraw troops from Iraq?” for The Monkey Cage and “On Ethics and Implications” for POMEPS Studies 8 The Ethics of Research in the Middle East. In 2012 POMEPS hosted a book launch for Democracy Prevention and Brownlee also discusses the book, as well as U.S. foreign policy, in POMEPS Conversations 7.

Vickie Langohr is an associate professor of political science at the College of the Holy Cross. She is a member of the Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom. Langohr is the author of the chapter “Labor Movements and Organizations” in The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014), and in October she participated in a workshop and half-day conference for the volume edited by Marc LynchHer workshop memo on youth activism for gender equality in Egypt and Morocco was published in The Monkey Cage and in POMEPS Studies 10 Reflections on the Arab Uprisings. Langohr received a POMEPS Travel-Research-Engagement grant in spring 2014 to study campaigns against sexual harassment in Egypt. She has also participated in POMEPS annual conferences.

Tarek Masoud is an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-author of the forthcoming The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform with Jason Brownlee and Andrew Reynolds. He is co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Masoud has been a frequent POMEPS contributor. Recently he participated in the Islam in a Changing Middle East initiative’s “Islamist Social Services” workshop – read his workshop memo in POMEPS Studies 9. In September POMEPS hosted Masoud for a Counting Islam book launch and to discuss his recent work in POMEPS Conversations 36. Masoud participated in the first annual Islam in a Changing Middle East conference “Rethinking Islamist Politics” and panel, and he contributed the memo “Rethinking Political Islam? Think Again.” Masoud has also participated in POMEPS annual conferences.


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