POMEPS Welcomes New Steering Committee Members

POMEPS is delighted to welcome Dina Bishara, Steven Brooke, Rabab El Mahdi, and Elizabeth R. Nugent to the POMEPS Steering Committee!

Dina Bishara is an Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Labor at Cornell University. Her research interests include authoritarianism, state-labor relations, social and protest movements, and transitions from authoritarian rule. Her book, Contesting Authoritarianism: Labor Challenges to the State in Egypt, has been published with Cambridge University Press (2018). Her articles have been published or are forthcoming in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics and Middle East Law and Governance. She has been awarded research fellowships from Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Steven Brooke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS) at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative. Steven’s research and teaching focuses on comparative politics, religion and politics, and the politics of the Middle East.  His first book, Winning Hearts and Votes: Social Services and the Islamist Political Advantage, looks at how and why non-state groups provide social services, with an empirical focus on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and the British Journal of Middle East Studies.

Rabab El Mahdi is an associate professor of political science at The American University in Cairo. Her field of specialization is comparative political economy and development, with a focus on Latin America and the Middle East. El Mahdi’s research interests cover the areas of state-civil society relations, social movements and resistance, as well as the political economy of social policy. She is also the recipient of a number of research grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. Currently, she leads AUC’s research project, Alternative Policy Solutions (APS). She serves on the boards of a number of civil society and professional organizations, including the Arab Political Science Network (APSN).

Elizabeth R. Nugent is an assistant professor of political science at Yale University. She is the author of After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition, published by Princeton University Press (2020). Her research explores the political psychology of religion and repression in the Middle East, and has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Politics. Dr. Nugent holds a doctorate in politics from Princeton University as well as a B.A. in Arabic and an M.A. in Arab Studies, both from Georgetown University. She was previously a postdoctoral research fellow with the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

POMEPS would like to thank long-standing Steering Committee members Vickie Langohr and Tarek Masoud for their years of service to the POMEPS Community and welcome them to the POMEPS Advisory Board.