The POMEPS Steering Committee

POMEPS is advised by a Steering Committee and Advisory Board comprised of leading Middle East specialists at a range of top universities and institutions. Steering committee members make up the selection committee for all POMEPS activities, including the  Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop, Travel-Research-Engagement grants, and the POMEPS Annual Conference

Advisory Board Members:

Lisa Anderson is the former president of the American University of Cairo. She is the author of Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century (Columbia University Press, 2003) and The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980 (Princeton University Press, 1986). She is editor of Transitions to Democracy (Columbia University Press, 1999) and co-editor of The Origins of Arab Nationalism (Columbia 1991). She is a member emerita of the board of Human Rights Watch.

Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University. He is the author of The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews (Princeton University Press, 2016), Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism (Cornell University Press, 2011), The International Humanitarian Order (Routledge, 2010), Eyewitness to Genocide: the United Nations and Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2002), and more. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Eva Bellin is the Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics in the Department of Politics and the Crown Center for Middle East at Brandeis University. She is the author of Stalled Democracy: Capital, Labor, and the Paradox of State Sponsored Development (Cornell University Press, 2002).

Laurie A. Brand is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California, where she directed its School of International Relations, its Center for International Studies and currently directs its Middle East Studies Program. She is the author of Palestinians in the Arab World (Columbia, 1988),  Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations (Columbia, 1994), Women the State and Political Transitions (Columbia, 1998), Citizens Abroad: Emigration and the State in the Middle East and North Africa (Cambridge, 2006) and Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (Stanford, 2014).  A former president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) (2004), Brand has chaired its Committee on Academic Freedom since 2006.

Nathan J. Brown is a professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University. He is the author of When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics (Cornell University Press, 2012), Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Palestine (University of California Press, 2003) and more. He is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace‘s Middle East Program.

F. Gregory Gause III is the John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair, professor of international affairs and head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He is the author of The International Relations of the Persian Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Oil Monarchies: Domestic and Security Challenges in the Arab Gulf States (Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1994), and Saudi-Yemini Relations: Domestic Structures and Foreign Influence (Columbia University Press, 1990).

Steven Heydemann is the Janet Wright Ketcham ’53 Chair in Middle East Studies at Smith College and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 2007 to 2015 he held several senior leadership positions at the U.S. Institute of Peace, including Vice President for Applied Research on Conflict and senior advisor on Middle East initiatives. He is the author of Authoritarianism in Syria: Institutions and Social Conflict, 1946-1970 (Cornell University Press, 1999) and the editor of Networks of Privilege in the Middle East: The Politics of Economic Reform Revisited, (Palgrave Press, 2004) and War, Institutions and Social Change in the Middle East (University of California Press, 2000). He is co-editor of Globalization, Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Projecting Institutional Logics Abroad (Indiana University Press, 2009) and The Legitimacy of Philanthropic Foundations: United States And European Perspectives (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2006).

Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development at Yale University and at the University of Gothenburg, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She also serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy. She is the author of Structuring Conflict in the Arab World: Incumbents, Opponents and Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She is co-editor of Taking to the Streets: Activism and the Arab Uprisings (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), Governing Transforming Societies: The Challenge of Development in Africa (Lynne Rienner Press, 2012), and Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa (Lynne Rienner Press, 2008). She is the president of the board of Middle East Law and Governance and a non-resident senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy.

Jillian Schwedler is a professor of political science at Hunter College of The City University of New York. She is author of Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (2006), editor of Understanding the Contemporary Middle East (2013), and co-editor of Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion (2010). She is a member of the Middle East Research and Information Project’s editorial committee.

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East (Basic Books, 2013), The Stakes: America and the Middle East (Westview Press, 2003), and Power and Leadership in International Bargaining: The Path to the Camp David Accords (Columbia University Press, 1990). He co-authored The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 (Cornell University Press, 2013) and is editor of The Sadat Lectures: Words and Images on Peace, 1997-2008 (USIP Press, 2010) and co-editor of Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East, (Cornell University Press, 2002) and International Organizations and Ethnic Conflict (Cornell University Press, 1995). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Education for Employment Foundation and has served on the board of the United States Institute of Peace and Human Rights Watch.

Mark Tessler is the Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science and a former vice-provost for international affairs at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Islam and Politics in the Middle East: Explaining the Views of Ordinary Citizens (Indiana University Press, 2015), Public Opinion in the Middle East: Survey Research and the Political Orientations of Ordinary Citizens (Indiana University Press, 2011) and A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Indiana University Press, 1994, 2009). He is co-editor of Islam, Democracy and the State in Algeria: Lessons for the Western Mediterranean and Beyond (Taylor and Francis, 2005), Democracy and its Limits: Lessons from Latin American, Asia, and the Middle East (Notre Dame University Press, 1999), and more. He co-directs the Arab Barometer project.

Lisa Wedeen is the Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College and the co-director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria (University of Chicago Press, 1999).

Steering Committee Members: 

Lindsay J. Benstead is an associate 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. She is Affiliated Scholar in the Program on Governance and Local Development at Yale University and the University of Gothenburg and Contributing Scholar in the Program on Women’s Rights in the Middle East, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, 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.

Jason Brownlee is professor 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 (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Melani Cammett is Professor of Government at Harvard University. Cammett’s recent books include Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2014), which won the American Political Science Association (APSA) Giovanni Sartori Book Award and the Honorable Mention for the APSA Gregory Luebbert Book Award; A Political Economy of the Middle East (co-authored with Ishac Diwan, Westview Press 2015); and The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South (co-edited with Lauren Morris MacLean, Cornell University Press 2014), which received the Honorable Mention for the ARNOVA book award. Her current research projects explore governance and the politics of social welfare, identity politics and the long-term historical roots of distinct development trajectories in the Middle East.

Amaney Jamal is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University and co-directs the Arab Barometer project. She authored Of Empires and Citizens: Pro American Democracy or No Democracy at All? (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World (Princeton University Press, 2007). She is co-author of Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9-11 (Russell Sage, 2009) and co-editor of Race and Arab Americans after 9-11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects (Syracuse University Press, 2008).

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).

Tarek Masoud is the Sultan of Oman Associate Professor of International Relations 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 Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (Oxford University Press, 2015) 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).

Sarah Elizabeth Parkinson is the Aronson Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, and at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence.

Wendy Pearlman is an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University. She is the author of Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003). She is a member of the journal advisory board of Middle East Law and Governance.

Stacey Philbrick Yadav is an associate professor of political science and chair of the international relations program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is the author of Islamists and the State: Legitimacy and Institutions in Yemen and Lebanon (I.B. Tauris, 2013). Philbrick Yadav specializes in comparative politics of the Middle East and teaches classes in Middle East politics, comparative politics and Islamic political thought. Her research focuses on the role of Islamist organizations in the transformation of public spheres and over the past ten years she has lived and conducted research in Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt and Israel.

Curtis Ryan is a professor of political science at Appalachian State University. He is the author of Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy (University Press of Florida, 2009) and Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah (Lynne Reinner, 2002). He is a member of the Middle East Research and Information Project’s editorial committee.

Bassel F. Salloukh is an associate professor of political science at the Social Sciences Department at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. He is the coauthor of The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon (Pluto Press, 2015) and is a  senior nonresident research fellow at the Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES) in Montréal. His current research looks at post-conflict power-sharing arrangements, the challenge of re-assembling the political orders and societies of post-uprisings Arab states, and the geopolitics of the Middle East after the popular uprisings.

Morten Valbjørn is an associate professor of political science at Aarhus University in Denmark and currently leading the inter-disciplinary research project, Sectarianism in the Wake of the Arab Revolts (SWAR), there. In addition to Shia/Sunni sectarianism, his current research focuses on the analytical implications of the Arab uprisings, various expressions of identity politics in the study of Middle East, the Area Studies Controversy and sociology of knowledge, the International Relations Theory/Middle East Studies nexus and the post-democratization debate. His research has appeared in among others Democratization, Review of International Studies, International Studies Review, PS: Political Science & Politics; Middle East Critique, Middle East Report, International Review of Sociology, Mediterranean Politics, Cooperation & Conflict, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Foreign Policy – the Middle East Channel.

Sean Yom is an associate professor of political science at Temple University. He is the author of From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2015) and co-editor of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (Westview Press, 2016). He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy, and board member of the Hicham Alaoui Foundation for Social Science Research.

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