POMEPS TRE Grant Recipients

AY 2020 – 2021

Samer Anabtawi, The George Washington University: “LGBTQ Activism and the Politics of Altering Public Perceptions of Sexual Minorities Across Arab States

Lauren Baker, Northwestern University: “Garbage Politics: Competing discourses of environmentalism(s) and order in the Middle East and North Africa”

Michael Bufano, University of Alabama: “The Social and Political Dynamics of Racism in the Arab World”

Austin Knuppe, Utah State University: “After Saddam Fell: Civilian Survival Strategies in Postwar Iraq (2003-2018)”

Matthew Lacouture, Wayne State University: “Bridging the Divide: Activist Histories Across Labor and Popular Struggles in Jordan” 

Yusuf Magiya, Columbia University: “Ethnic Composition, Legibility and the Conditional Effect of War on Fiscal Capacity”

Aydin Ozipek, Northwestern University: “Politics of Conservative Pedagogy in Turkey: A Genealogical Study”

Emily Scott, McGill University: “Moving Aid: The Politics of Giving, Conflict, and Control in the Middle East”

Dana El Kurd & Luai Allarakia, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies: “Tracing Success in Middle East Political Science”

Spring 2020

Reva Dhingra, Harvard University: “A Shock to the System: The Effect of Refugee Crises on Local Governance in Developing States

Matt Gordner, University of Toronto: “Unearthing Agrarian Protest and Regime Response in Tunisia: The Case of Jendouba, 2016-2020”

Heather Jaber, University of Pennsylvania: “What does a secular Lebanon feel like? Exploring secular affects in Lebanon’s panics and protests”

Prisca Jöst, University of Gothenburg: “Social Context and Community Participation in Tunisia. A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment on Clean-up Initiatives in three different Neighborhoods in Tunis”

Zachary Karabatak, Georgetown University: “Governing the Militia: Insurgent Command and Control in the Levant”

Ahmed Kodouda, George Washington University: “Rebel fragmentation during civil wars” 

Mara Revkin, Georgetown University & Yale University: “Can Community Policing Increase State Legitimacy? Evidence from Iraq” 

Lana Salman, University of California Berkeley: “Gendering the local state: building equitable cities in Tunisia”

Alissa Walter, Seattle Pacific University: “Becoming Baghdad: How Wars, Sanctions, and Authoritarian Rule Transformed Life in Iraq’s Capital City, 1950-2010” 

Chagai Weiss, University of Wisconsin – Madison: “How can Jews and Palestinians overcome the collective action problem?” 

Fall 2019

Alexander Thurston, Miami University of Ohio: “Mauritanian Muslim Scholars Between Loyalism and Dissent”

Aziza Moneer, The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden: “Epistemology of the South and praxis of struggle: Evidence from environmental movements in the Middle East”

Giulia Cimini, Università L’Orientale of Naples: “Local governance and marginalized communities: assessing decentralization in Tunisia. The case of Tataouine”

Inna Rudolf, King’s College London: “Revisiting the Monopoly on Violence: The Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) and the Iraqi State”

Jose Martinez, University of Cambridge: “The Politics of Bread: Performing the State in Hashemite Jordan”

Karim El Taki, University of Cambridge: “Asserting Sovereignty under Hierarchical Constraints: Qatar in the Arab Regional Order (2013-18)”

Lama Mourad, Harvard Kennedy School, Middle East Initiative: “The Local Politics of Refugee Crises: Fragmentation and the Lebanese Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis”

Lillian Frost, George Washington University: “Beyond Citizenship: Protracted Refugees and the State”

Nathan Grubman, Yale University: “Skipping Class: Economic Platform Convergence in Tunisia”
Patrick Snyder, University of Minnesota: “Between Activism and Apathy: Rethinking Social Movement Demobilization”
Scott Williamson, Stanford University: “The King Can Do No Wrong: Blame Games and Ruler Survival in the Middle East’s Authoritarian Regimes”
Youssef Mnaili, European University Institute: “War, revenue and State Building. Financing and development of the Israeli State”

Fall/Spring 2018 

Adam Almqvist, University of Chicago: “Authoritarian Futures: “Human Capital” Investments and Neoliberal Citizenship Reforms Targeting Youth in Arab Autocracies – An Analysis of the United Arab Emirates and Jordan

Marsin Alshamary, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “Prophets and Priests: Religious Leaders and Anti-Government Protest”

Tutku Ayhan, University of Central Florida: “Gender and Politics in Post-genocide Yazidi Community”

Carolyn Barnett, Princeton University: “Colonialism, Anti-Colonial Mobilization, and Welfare in the Postcolonial World”

Julia Clark, University of California, San Diego: “Trickle-down Democracy? Causes and Consequences of Uneven Municipal Governance in post-Revolution Tunisia”

El Kurd Dana, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies: “How will the lack of political cohesion in Palestinian society affect people’s reactions in the event of the PA’s dissolution?”

Kristin Eggeling, University of St Andrews: “Everyday Politics at Doha’s Education City”

Ramzy Mardini, University of Chicago: “Monopolizing Rebellion: Social Networks and Consolidation Dynamics in the Islamic State”

Mara Revkin, Yale University: “Reintegrating Rebel Collaborators After Conflict: A Conjoint Experiment in Mosul”

Alexandra Stark, Georgetown University: “Gun at a Knife Fight: Regional power intervention in civil wars in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), 1957-2015”

Daniel Tavana, Princeton University: “Kuwaiti National Election Study (KNES)”

Alessandro Tinti, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies: “Contested geographies of Kurdistan. Natural resources and Kurdish self-determination in Iraq”

Gerasimos Tsourapas, University of Birmingham: “The Politics of Migration Interdependence in Lebanon”

Hiba Zerrougui, McGill University: “Contentious Politics and Autocratic Regime Resilience: the Case of Algeria”

Sirri Omar, University of Toronto: “Law and security practices in Baghdad”

Summer 2017 

Ali Hamdan, University of California Los Angeles, Exile, Place, and Politics Mapping the Syrian Opposition in Istanbul

Kelly Stedem, Brandeis University, Parties, Politics, and the Provision of Security

Yasmina Abouzzohour, University of Oxford, Insights into the micro-foundations of potential democratic transitions from illiberal democracies and competitive authoritarian systems

Sebnem Gumuscu, Middlebury College, “Islamists between Democracy and Authoritarianism: Comparing Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia”

Guy Eyre, SOAS, A divine path to politics: Grassroots Salafi networks and the reframing of ‘political work’ in Morocco

Stacy Philbrick Yadav, “Unmaking Yemen: War and Reconstruction in a Precarious Republic.”

Winter 2016- 2017

Yuree Noh, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), “The Politics of Electoral Manipulation in Authoritarian Regimes”

Jérôme Drevon, University of Manchester, Ahrar al-Sham’s Institutionalisation Processes

Nermin Allam, Princeton University, “Activism amidst Disappointment: Women’s Groups and the Politics of Hope in Egypt”

Summer 2016

Justin Schon, Indiana University: The conflict information network: a model of rumor transmission during conflict

Neil Ketchley Oxford University and Steven Brooke, University of Louisville: The rise of organized political Islam in Egypt

Robert Kubinec, University of Virginia: The Business of Democracy and the Arab Spring in North Africa

Caroline Abadeer, Stanford University: The Politics of Urban Planning in Cairo

Erin York, Columbia University: Protest Voting in Moroccan Elections

Winter 2015-16

Michaelle Browers, Wake Forest University: Political Thought after the Arab Uprisings: Citizenship and Regime: “Rethinking Moderation, Attending to the Liminal“, POMEPS Conversation #55

Ian Hartshorn, University of Nevada, Reno: Free Speech and Speech Acts in the New Tunisia: “Tunisia’s labor union won the Nobel Peace Prize. But can it do its job?” and “No Victor, No Vanquished…or Delaying the Inevitable?

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

Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College: Amman’s Changing Urban Spaces: Consuming Protest; POMEPS Conversation #54

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: “Why some (but not all) Middle East militaries stand by their leaders,” (coauthored with Dorothy Ohl); “The Myth of Coup-proofing: Risk and Instances of Military Coups d’état in the Middle East and North Africa, 1950–2013,”Armed Forces & Security, Vol 41, Issue 4

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

Ahmed Khanani, Indiana University: “What I talk about when I talk about Islamists

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 “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foreign Policy and Construction Jihad’s Developmental Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa” International Journal of Middle East Studies 48 (May 2016); “What Iran will really do with its sanctions relief windfall”; “Understanding Iran’s Supreme Leader on the nuclear deal

Erin Snider, University of Cambridge, Trinity College: Politics of Democracy Aid in Morocco after the Arab Spring; “POMEPS Conversation #62

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. “Are we seeing Palestine’s spring at long last?

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: “Seeing Like an Autocrat: Liberal Social Engineering in an Illiberal State,” Perspectives on Politics Vol. 13 No 1 (March 2015)

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: “Recognition Matters!: UN State Status and Attitudes toward Territorial Compromise,” Journal of Conflict Resolution, (August 2015)

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

Adria Lawrence, Yale University: “Election Dilemmas for Morocco’s Protest Movement”

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


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