POMEPS Guide to APSA 2019


If you’re at this year’s APSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., we’ve got your guide to the sessions with some of our POMEPS alum. Also, if you haven’t yet registered for our reception on Friday night, you can do so here.


Thursday, August 29

8:00 – 9:30AM

Organizations & their Alternatives: the Recent Protest Waves in the Middle East, (Hilton, Monroe)

  • Leaderless but Directed: Internet and Contention In A Wave of Protest in Iran, Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Boston College

  • The Parochial Logics of Online Action: Social Media and the Tunisian Revolution, Christopher Barrie

  • Civic Legacies: Corporatism, Fragmentation, and Protest in New Democracies, Chantal Berman, Princeton University

  • Divided We Stand: Political Mobilization and Sectarian Polarization in Lebanon, Rima Majed, American University of Beirut

2:00 – 3:30 PM

Intergroup Relations in the Shadow of Conflict: Evidence from the Middle East (Hilton, Jefferson West)

  • #No2Sectarianism: Experimental Approaches to Reducing Sectarian Hate Speech, Alexandra Arons Siegel, Stanford University
  • Frames for Ingroup Policing: Evidence from Group-based Experiments in Israel, David Alexander Romney, Harvard University
  • Overcoming the Trust Deficit: Associational Life and Intergroup Contact in Iraq, Salma Mousa, Stanford University
  • Intergroup Contact & Attitudes: A Natural Experiment in Israeli Medical Clinics, Chagai Weiss, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Gender and Institutional Change in the Middle East and North Africa (Hilton, Oak Lawn)

  • The Supply and Success of Female Candidates in Turkish Local Politics, Marwa Shalaby, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Melissa J. Marschall, Rice University
  • Gender Quotas and Party Strategy in Tunisia’s 2018 Municipal Elections, Alexandra Domike Blackman, Stanford University, Julia Clark, University of California, San Diego, Aytuğ Şaşmaz, Harvard University
  • It’s in the Blood: The Effect of Dynastic Rule on the Substance of Gender Quotas, Gail Buttorff, University of Houston, Bozena Christina Welborne, Smith College

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Old and New Actors in Middle East and North African Politics (Hilton, Oak Lawn)

  • Going Political?: Authoritarian Institutions, Labor and Political Mobilization, Ashley Anderson
  • The Political Economy of Privileged Networks in Tunisia, Mohamed-Dhia Hammami
  • Traits, Competences or Policy Signals? Explaining Women’s Electability, Lindsay J. Benstead, Portland State University, Ellen M. Lust, University of Gothenburg
  • Benefiting from Victimhood: Why Mainstream Muslims Elect Islamists, Kimberly Guiler, Southwestern University


Friday, August 30

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Reception at APSA 2019: With APSA MENA Politics Section + Celebrating Lisa Wedeen’s new book (Medaterra)


Saturday, August 31

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Popular Mobilizations and Populist Backlash: Perspectives on Political Change in the Middle East and North Africa (Marriott, Salon 3)

(Chair: Andrew F March, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ellen M. Lust, University of Gothenburg; Tarek E. Masoud, Harvard University; Jillian M. Schwedler, Hunter College; Samer S. Shehata, University of Oklahoma; Cihan Tugal, UC Berkeley)

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Political Science in the Middle East and North Africa (Marriott, Johnson)

(Chair: Lisa Anderson; Rabab El-Mahdi, American University of Cairo; Saloua Zerhouni, Mohammed V University in Rabat; Hamad Albloshi, Kuwait University; Nathan J Brown, George Washington University)

2:00 – 3:30 PM

Religious Authority, Religiosity, and Political Competition in the Middle East (Hilton, Gunston East)

  • The Political Effects of Wahhabi Religious Authorities in the Gulf, Courtney Freer, London School of Economics
  • From Disaster to Risk: Exploring Impact of Earthquakes on Religiosity in Turkey, Avital Livny, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Measuring Support for ISIS through Endorsement Experiments, Sharan Grewal, College of William & Mary; A. Kadir Yildirim, Rice University; Scott Williamson, Stanford; Yusuf Sarfati, Illinois State University
  • Preaching Politics: Political Contestation & Religious Authority in Middle East, Scott Williamson, Stanford University; A. Kadir Yildirim, Rice University; Sharan Grewal, College of William & Mary; Yusuf Sarfati, Illinois State University

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Survey Research in the Middle East and North Africa (Hilton, Gunston West)

  • AIDS Anxieties: Anti-Migrant Attitudes in the Middle East and North Africa, Matt J. Buehler, University of Tenessee; Kristin E. Fabbe, Harvard Business School; Kyung Joon Han, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Everyday Sectarianism: Experimental Evidence From the Muslim World, Steven Brooke, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Michael Thomas Hoffman, University of Notre Dame; Youssef Chouhoud, Christopher Newport University
  • Social Sources of Support for the Military: Experimental Evidence from Tunisia, Holger Albrecht, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Sharan Grewal, College of William & Mary; Kevin Koehler, University of Leiden
  • Economic and Social Rights and the Arab Spring: Popular Mobilization in Tunisia, Dina Bishara, University of Alabama; Michelle Jurkovich, University of Massachusetts Boston; Chantal Berman, Princeton University