CV

Ellen Lust

(PDF version: Ellen Lust CV 2014)

Department of Political Science
Yale University
115 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
ellen.lust@yale.edu

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Department of Political Science, December 1997.

M.A. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Middle Eastern and North African Studies, May 1993.
Political Science, May 1991.

B.A. Albion College, Albion, MI.
Public Policy/Psychology, 1988.
Salutatorian/Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa/Omicron Delta Kappa.

Institute for the Study of Arabic, Damascus, Syria. 1991.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:
2014-present
Full Professor, Department of Political Science, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and Jackson Institute, Yale University
2014-present
Non-Resident Scholar, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), Washington, DC
2006-present
Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Political Science, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and Jackson Institute, Yale University
2012-2013
Visiting Fellow, Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice, Law School, New York University
Spring 2005
Visiting Professor, Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva.
2004-2006
Assistant Professor, Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University
2000-2006
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University
1997-1999
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Rice University

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:
2013-present
Founder and Director, Program on Governance and Local Development, Yale University
2009-2011
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics, Yale University
2009-2010
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies for Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science, Yale University
2008-2010
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Modern Middle East Studies, Yale University
2005-2008
Chair, Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University
• Founded undergraduate major on Modern ME Studies
• Established graduate certificate in Middle East Studies
• Authored first-ever successful Title VI grant (2003), second grant (2006)
2001- 2003
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics, Yale University

LANGUAGES:
Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic, Syrian/Lebanese dialect), French (Reading).

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND INTERESTS:
Since 1992, I have conducted fieldwork and lived, for periods of up to 18 months, in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia. Through archival work, interviews, and public opinion surveys conducted in collaboration with local research institutions, I have examined a range of questions about political engagement and institutions, particularly under authoritarian regimes. Increasingly, my research has moved from an emphasis on national politics to local engagement, and from a focus on political institutions to one on the intersection between of social institutions and political ones. Research centered on these broad issues is organized roughly in two, overlapping programs, and conducted in partnership with colleagues from the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and the US.

Transitional Governance Project (TGP). The Transitional Governance Project emerged in 2012 from independent, synergistic activities of its members. It focuses on the pressures, processes and prospects for political change after 2011. Research within TGP examines electoral processes and party development, the role of identities and ideologies, and conditions affecting women and other disadvantaged populations. It aims to extend our theoretical understanding of these processes, to inform public policy, and to collect data that may be used in subnational, cross-national and cross-regional studies of transitions for years to come. (See www.transitionalgovernanceproject.org for more information.)

Governance and Local Development (GLD). The Governance and Local Development project was founded in summer 2013 at Yale University. It aims to explore the influence of social and political local institutions on governance, variations in the extension of the state, and the relationship between local, regional and national institutions. The first major research project, implemented in collaboration with the UNDP, uses a national diagnostic study, case studies of selected municipalities, and citizen surveys within those municipalities to explore local variations in the relationship between social and political institutions on service provision (e.g., dispute adjudication, security, and welfare), political participation (e.g., electoral participation, policy input) and accountability. The study has begun in Tunisia, with plans to extend to Libya, Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen.

WORK-IN-PROGRESS:
Islam, Ideology and Transition: Egypt after Mubarak, with Gamal Soltan and Jakob Wichmann (invited for review at Columbia University Press, expected submission January 2014).

“Parties, Polarization and Democratic Development in the Middle East,” with David Waldner.

“Is it Gender, Religion, or Both? A Survey Experiment on Electability in Transitional Tunisia,” with Lindsay Benstead and Amaney Jamal.

Social Voting: Elections in the Arab World.

“Electoral Engineering after the Arab Uprisings: Local Pressures for National Institutions,” with Bernard Grofman and Jakob Wichmann.

“The Re-emergence of “Tribalism” and Tunisia’s 2011 Electoral Law,” with Zied Bouaziane.

Arab Transitions in Comparative Perspective, with Lindsay Benstead, Dhafer Malouche, Gamal Soltan and Jakob Wichmann.

PUBLICATIONS:
Books:
Structuring Conflict in the Arab World: Incumbents, Opponents and Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Edited Volumes:
Taking to the Streets: Activism and the Arab Uprisings (Johns Hopkins University Press, expected April 2014), co-edited with Lina Khatib.

Governing Transforming Societies: The Challenge of Development in Africa (Lynne Rienner Press, 2012), co-edited with Stephen Ndegwa.

Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa (Lynne Rienner Press, 2008), co-edited with Saloua Zerhouni.

Textbooks:
The Middle East, 13th Edition (Sage Press, 2013).

The Middle East, 12th Edition (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010).

Special Issue:
Special Issue, Societal Challenges and the Transformation of Governance in the Middle East, Journal of Middle East Law and Governance, 2, 2 (August 2010), co-edited with Stephen Ndegwa.
• Reprinted in 2011 due to demand.

Articles:
“Opposition Cooperation and Uprisings in the Arab World,” British Journal of Middle East Studies 38, 3 (December 2011): 425-434.

“Missing the Third Wave: Islam, Institutions and Democracy in the Middle East,” Studies in Comparative International Development 46, 2 (June 2011): 163-190.

“The Power of Arms: Rethinking Disarmament and Democratization through the Palestinian Election,” Democratization (May 2011): 1-28, with Matthew Longo.

“Jordan Votes: Election or Selection?” Journal of Democracy 22,2 (April 2011): 119-129, with Sami Hourani and Mohammad Al-Momani.

“Societal Challenges and the Transformation of Governance in the Middle East,” Journal of Middle East Law and Governance, 2, 2 (August 2010): 113-123, with Stephen Ndegwa.

“Elections under Authoritarianism,” Annual Review of Political Science, 12 (2009): 403-422, with Jennifer Gandhi.

“The Case for Peace before Disarmament,” Survival 51, 4 (August-September 2009): 1-21, with Matthew Longo.

“Legislative Elections in Authoritarian Regimes: Competitive Clientelism and Regime Stability,” Journal of Democracy 20, 3 (July 2009): 122-135.

“Reinforcing Informal Institutions through Authoritarian Elections: Insights from Jordan,” Middle East Law and Governance, 1, 1 (January 2009): 3-37.

“National and Sub-National Identity: State Policies and Implications in the Context of Regional Instability,” Quaderni di Relazioni Internazionali 5 (October 2007): 14-25.

“Elections under Authoritarianism: Preliminary Lessons from Jordan,” Democratization, 13, 3 (May 2006): 455-470.

“Problems and Prospects for Democratic Settlements: South Africa as a Model for the Middle East and Northern Ireland?” Politics and Society 33, 2 (June 2005): 1-50, with Courtney Jung and Ian Shapiro.

“Divided They Rule: The Management and Manipulation of Political Opposition,” Comparative Politics 36, 2 (January 2004): 159-181.

“Coalitions and Conflict: The Case of the Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations over the West Bank,” Journal of Conflict Management and Peace Science 19, 2 (Fall 2002): 23-58, with A.F.K. Organski.

“Rulers and Rules: Reassessing Electoral Laws and Political Liberalization in the Middle East,” Comparative Political Studies 35, 3 (April 2002): 337-370, with Amaney Jamal.

“The Decline of Jordanian Political Parties: Myth or Reality?” International Journal of Middle East Studies 33, 4 (November 2001): 545-570.

“The Tug of War Over the Status of Jerusalem: Leaders, Strategies and Outcomes,” International Interactions 23, 3-4 (Fall 1997): 333-350, with A.F.K. Organski.

“Failure of Collaboration: The Case of Armenian Refugees in Syria,” Middle Eastern Studies 32, 1 (January 1996): 53-69.

Reports:
“Libyan Political Party Baseline Assessment,” National Democratic Institute (July 2013), with Alexander Kjaerum, Line Fly Pedersen, and Jakob Mathias Wichmann. (Available in English and Arabic.)

“Libyan Parliamentary Election Study,” National Democratic Institute (June 2013), with Alexander Kjaerum, Line Fly Pedersen, and Jakob Mathias Wichmann. (Available in English and Arabic.)

“The Political Economy of Transition in Egypt: Processes, Actors, Challenges and Prospects,” World Bank Report (March 2013), with Ibrahim Saif and Jakob Wichmann.

“Social Networks and Elections in the Arab World,” UNDP Report (January 2013).

“Tunisian Post-Election Survey: Presentation of Initial Results,” unpublished media briefing in Arabic and English (December 2012)

“Electoral Programming and Trade-offs in Transitions: Lessons from Egypt and Tunisia,” CDRL-Brooking Institute (May 2012).

“Political Economy Assessment, Jordan,” United Nations Development Program (2011), with Ibrahim Saif.

“Reform in Syria: Steering between the Chinese Model and Regime Change,” Carnegie Working Paper, 69 (July 2006).

“Confronting the Challenges Facing Palestinian Youth,” RAND Working Paper, (September 2001).

Book Chapters:
“Elections and Parties,” in Marc Lynch (ed.), The Arab Uprisings in Comparative Perspective (Columbia University Press, forthcoming).

“Reconsidering Activism in the Arab World: Arab Uprisings and Beyond,” in Lina Khatib and Ellen Lust (eds.), Taking to the Streets: Activism and the Arab Uprisings (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming), with Lina Khatib.

“States, Regimes and Institutions,” in Ellen Lust (Ed.), The Middle East (New York: Sage Press, 2013).

“Opposition Cooperation and Uprisings in the Arab World,” in Hendrik Kraetzschmar (ed), The Dynamics of Opposition Cooperation in the Arab World (London: Taylor and Francis, 2012).

“Parties, Preconditions, and Peace: Why Talks Fail and How They Might Succeed,” in Ian Shapiro, The Real World of Democratic Theory (Princeton University Press, 2011), with Ian Shapiro.

“States, Regimes and Institutions,” in Ellen Lust (Ed.), The Middle East (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010).

“Problems and Prospects for Democratic Settlements: South Africa as a Model for the Middle East and Northern Ireland?” in Stathis Kalyvas, Ian Shapiro and Tarek Masoud (Eds.), Order, Conflict and Violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), and in Ian Shapiro, The Real World of Democratic Theory (Princeton University Press, 2011), with Courtney Jung and Ian Shapiro (revised versions of 2005 Politics and Society article.)

“Legislative Elections in Hegemonic Authoritarian Regimes: Competitive Clientelism and Resistance to Democratization,” in Staffan Lindberg (Eds.), Democratization by Elections? (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2009).

“Reform in Syria: Steering between the Chinese Model and Regime Change,” in Marina Ottaway and Julia Choucair (Eds), Beyond the Facade: Political Reform in the Arab World (Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2008).

“Taking Political Participation Seriously,” in Ellen Lust-Okar and Saloua Zerhouni (Eds.), Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2008).

“Elections in Jordan,” in Ellen Lust-Okar and Saloua Zerhouni (Eds.), Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2008).

“Elections in Authoritarian Regimes: Catalysts for, or Obstacles to, Reform?” in Anthony Langlois and Karol Soltan (Eds.), Democracy and Globalization (Routledge, 2008).

“Elections under Authoritarianism: Preliminary Lessons from Jordan,” in Francesco Cavatorta and Frederico Volpi (Eds.), Democratization in the Muslim World: Changing Patterns of Authority and Power (Routlege, 2007). (Revision of May 2006 Democratization article.)

“The Management of Opposition: Formal Structures of Contestation and Informal Political Manipulation in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco,” in Oliver Schlumberger (Ed.), Arab Authoritarianism: Dynamics and Durability (Stanford University Press, 2007).

“Economic Crises and Opposition Dynamics in Morocco and Jordan,” in Marsha Pripstein Posusney and Michele Penner Angrist (Eds.), Authoritarianism in the Middle East:  Regimes and Resistance (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2005).

“Foreign Policy Choices and Domestic Politics: A Re-examination of the Link Between Domestic and International Conflict,” in Frank Harvey and Ben Mor (Eds), New Perspectives in International Interactions (New York: MacMillan, 1998), with Paul K. Huth.

Short Academic-Oriented Interventions:
“After the Arab Spring: Islamism, Secularism and Democracy,” Current History (December 2012).

“Debate: Change and Continuity in Elections after the Arab Uprisings,” Swiss Political Science Review, 18, 1 (March 2012): 110-113.

“Comparative Politics of the Middle East and Academic Freedom,” CP-APSA Newsletter, (January 2007), with Lisa Anderson, Steven Heydemann and Mark Tessler.

“Israeli Elections 2003: What Likud’s Victory Doesn’t Tell You,” Yale Israel Journal 1 (Spring 2003): 3-7.

“Democracy in the Middle East,” Wilson Quarterly 28, 3 (Summer 2004): 3.

“Decline of the ‘Radical State’: Jordan and Syria,” in “The Impact of 9/11 on the Middle East,” Middle East Policy 9, 4 (December 2002): 86-87.

“Bashar al-Asad’s Rise to the Presidency: Its Meaning and Implications,” in “Political Succession in the Middle East,” Middle East Policy 9, 3 (September 2002): 113-114.

Op-Eds and Other Contributions to Public Debate (Last 2 years):
“Winners and Losers After Arab Spring,” YaleGlobal. August 27, 2013, with Lindsay Benstead, Dhafer Malouche, Gamal Soltan and Jakob Wichmann. Reprinted as “After the Arab Spring,” in OutlookIndia.com (August 27, 2013).

“It’s Morning in Libya: Why Democracy Marches On,” ForeignAffairs.com. August 6, 2013, with Lindsay Benstead and Jakob Wichmann. Reprinted in Forum Research Council of National Endowment for Democracy (August 7, 2013).

“Egypt’s Swinging Centre,” Al-Jazeera English, July 26, 2013, with Gamal Soltan and Jakob Wichmann.

“Islamists aren’t the Obstacle: How to Build Democracy in Egypt and Tunisia,” ForeignAffairs.com, February 25, 2013, with Lindsay Benstead, Dhafer Malouche, Gamal Soltan and Jakob Wichmann.

“POMEPS Conversations with Ellen Lust” Arab Channel, ForeignPolicy.com, February 13, 2013.

“Jordan Elections offer a Test of Recent Reforms,” The Carter Center, January 22, 2013.

“Tunisian Revolution is a Work in Progress,” YaleGlobal, December 19, 2012, with Lindsay Benstead and Dhafer Malouche.

“Tunisian Politics and Data Analysis,” interview by Adnan Chaouchi, also with Lindsay
Benstead and Dhafer Malouche on Radio Tunis (December 13, 2012, available on YouTube).

“Tunisians Frustrated but Engaged,” ForeignPolicy.com, December 11, 2012, with Lindsay Benstead and Dhafer Malouche. Reprinted as “Tunisians Do Not Want a Second Revolution, Despite Their Dissatisfaction,” in The Daily Star in Lebanon (January 13, 2013), as “Tunisian Revolution is Work in Progress,” in Epoch Times (December 29, 2012).

“Three Myths about the Arab Uprisings,” YaleGlobal, July 24, 2012, with Jakob Wichmann. Reprinted in The Daily Star in Lebanon (August 3, 2012), by RealClearWorld.com (July 25, 2012), as “Three Myths” by OutlookIndia.com (July 30, 2012), and in Singapore, and Denmark (in Danish).

“The Presidential Election in Egypt – Who Voted for Whom, and Why?” (in Arabic), insert in Al-Ahram, June 14, 2012, with Tarek Masoud and Jakob Wichmann.

“Turning to the Local,” in Arab Uprisings: New Opportunities in Political Science (June 12, 2012).

“Voting for Change: Pitfalls and Possibilities in Arab Transitions’ Elections,” Democracy Digest, May 25, 2012 (excerpt from report published by Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and Brookings Doha Center.)

“Taking Syria’s elections seriously,” ForeignPolicy.com, May 11, 2012.

“Why Now? Micro-Transitions and the Arab Uprisings,” Comparative Politics-Democratization Newsletter (Fall 2011).

“Allies should beware of blank checks,” NYT Room for Debate, February 1, 2012.
“Morocco elections aren’t a model for the Arab Spring as West claims,” Christian Science Monitor, November 28, 2011.

“Hope on Egypt’s Hair-raising road to Democracy,” CNN.com, November 22, 2011.

“We Are All Khaled Said: An Interview with the Administrators of the Facebook Page that Fueled the Egyptian Revolution,” Boston Review on-line, November 3, 2011, with Anver Emon and Audrey Macklin.

“Vote a Critical Hurdle for Tunisia,” CNN.com, October 22, 2011.

“Bin Laden’s Dead, but Challenges Remain,” PBS Need to Know, May 11, 2011.

“Egypt’s Power Shift: From President to Parliament –through PR,” NED Democracy Digest (DemDigest.net), February 22, 2011.

“A Parliament with Proportionality,” New York Times Room for Debate, February 18, 2011.

“Ten Reasons Israel Shouldn’t Worry,” Haaretz (in Hebrew), February 16, 2011.

“Tracking the Ripple Effect,” Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2011.

Interview, Radio Times (NPR Call-In Show), February 3, 2011.

“Enhancing Egypt’s Democratic Process: Support the Process, Not the Players,” NED Democracy Digest (DemDigest.net), February 2, 2011.

“President Obama: Here is Your ‘Game Changer,’” ForeignPolicy.com, January 29, 2011, with Amaney Jamal and Tarek Masoud.

“Analyst Sees Tunisian Unrest as Promising, Warning to the Arab World,” Voice of America, January 20, 2011.

GRANTS AND AWARDS (Last Ten Years):
Institutional Grants:
2013 Governance and Local Development Program, Moulay Hicham Foundation
• Grant to establish a research program on governance and local development in the Arab world. Total Award: $1,515,380.

2013 Carnegie Centennial Scholars, Carnegie Foundation
• Grant funds three scholars from the MENA region to spent 8 months each at Yale, engaging in program on governance and local development in the Arab world. Total Award: $300,000.

2006 Title VI FLAS/NRC Awards, Department of Education.
• Authored second grant awarded to support development and activities of
Yale Council on Middle East Studies, 2006. Total Award: $1,000,210.

2003 Title VI FLAS/NRC Award, Department of Education.
• Authored proposal that successfully obtained Title VI designation and
funding for first time in the history of Yale’s Council on Middle East Studies, Total Award: $998,000.

Personal Grants and Awards (post-PhD):
2014 USAID/IIE Grant, “Unwelcome Change: Understanding, Examining and Extending Theories of Democratic Backsliding,” with David Waldner.

2013 Faculty Research Grant, Yale University, on “Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI).”

2012 Straus Fellowship, Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice, Law School, New York University.

2012 Project on Middle East Political Science, “Social Networks, Clientelism and Elections in the Context of Change: Egypt.”

2012 Faculty Research Grant, Yale University on “Social Networks and Clientelism.”

2012 Faculty Research Grant, Yale University on “Moroccan Politics after the Arab Uprisings.”

2011 National Science Foundation, “RAPID: Social Networks, Clientelism and Elections in Contexts of Change: Egyptian, Tunisian and Moroccan Elections of 2011.”

2009 National Science Foundation, Grant funding research on Parliamentary Debates in the Middle East (with Tarek Masoud and Burt Monroe).

2008 Graduate Mentor Award, Yale University.

2006 MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Research grant funding “Elections under Authoritarianism.”

2006 United States Institute of Peace. Research grant funding “Elections under Authoritarianism.”

2004 Smith Richardson Foundation. Research grant funding “State Strategies, Islamic Radicalism, and International Security” (with Pauline Jones Luong).

2004 Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS). Travel grant funding fieldwork on Syrian reform.

2003 Social Science Research Fund, Faculty research grant funding data collection for “Bridges and Barriers: State Strategies, Opposition Coalitions and Institutional Reforms in the Middle East.”

2003 Kempf Fund, YCIAS. Grant funding conference on Islam and politics in a cross-regional perspective.

2002 YCIAS Globalization and Self-Determination Project (sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation), Yale University. Grant funding fieldwork in Jordan and Syria, Summer 2002.

2002 Fulbright Fellowship, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia Scholar Program. Grant funding fieldwork in Jordan and Syria from May-December 2003.

2001 Kempf Fund, YCIAS. Grant funding conference on “Bringing the Middle East Back In.”

2001 Leitner Program in Political Economy, YCIAS. Grant funding data collection for “Assessing the Influence of Regime Type on the Development of Political Institutions.”

2001 YCIAS. Grant funding preliminary fieldwork for “Assessing the Influence of Regime Type on the Development of Political Institutions.”

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED:
Mapping Local Governance, May 1-2, Yale University
• Inaugural event for Program on Governance and Local Development
• Convened scholars and practitioners from the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and the US.
• Organized in collaboration with Sulayman Dib-Hajj and Jonathan Wyrtzen

Comparative Politics Workshop, Yale University, fall 2013-present
• Convened, with Sigrun Kuhl, weekly seminar for comparative politics graduate
students and faculty.

Workshop on Middle East Social Science Research, Yale University, fall 2007-present
• Founded interdisciplinary workshop for Yale faculty and students conducting social
science research on the MENA.

Second Annual Middle East Junior Scholar Workshop, Yale University, November 15-16, 2013.
• Co-organized with Marc Lynch (POMEPS/George Washington University) and Jillian Schwedler (Hunter College); funded by POMEPS and Yale University.
• Brought leading political scientists (ME specialists and generalists) to Yale along with 5 junior scholars to workshop their book manuscripts.

Workshop on Islam, Ideology and Transition, Yale University, November 8, 2013.
• Workshop convened to discuss manuscript-in-progress, with Gamal Soltan (American University in Cairo) and Jakob Wichmann (JMW Consulting).
First Annual Middle East Junior Scholar Workshop, Yale University, October 5-6, 2012.
• Co-organized with Marc Lynch (POMEPS/George Washington University) and Jillian Schwedler (University of Massachusetts – Amherst); funded by POMEPS and Yale University.
• Brought leading political scientists and 6 junior scholars to workshop manuscripts.
Workshop on the Arab Spring, Princeton University, May 4-5, 2012.
• Co-organized two-part conference series with Amaney Jamal (Princeton) and Marc
Lynch (George Washington University).

“Establishing Order: Social, Political and Economic Equilibria,” Bogazici University and Yale University, July 17-18, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey (with Mine Eder, Bogazici University).

“Civil Society Dynamics under Authoritarian Rule,” European Consortium of Political Research Joint workshops, April 24-29, 2009 in Lisbon, Spain (with F. Cavatorta, Dublin City University).
• Resulted in publication of Francesco Cavatorta (Ed.), State-Society Relations under
Authoritarian Rule (Routledge Press, 2012).

“Societal Transformations and Governance in Africa and the Middle East,” conference held on January 30-31, 2009 at Yale University, and workshops held on February 15, 2008 and October 24-25, 2008 at Yale University and The World Bank, respectively (with Stephen Ndegwa, World Bank).
• Resulted in publications: Ellen Lust and Stephen Ndegwa (Eds.), Governing
Transforming Societies: The Challenge of Development in Africa (Lynne Rienner Press, 2012) and Special Issue, Societal Challenges and the Transformation of Governance in the Middle East, Journal of Middle East Law and Governance, 2, 2 (August 2010).

“Reconfiguring a Region: Opportunities and Challenges in the Middle East,” Yale University, September 26-27, 2008 (with Frank Griffel and Sulayman Dibb-Hajj, Yale University).

“Research on Middle East Politics,” Yale University, May 4-5, 2007.
• Co-founded and hosted inaugural meeting of Northeastern Middle East Political Science
workshop.

“Political Participation under Authoritarianism in the MENA,” held at the Seventh Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting, March 22-26, 2006 (with Saloua Zerhouni, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco).
• Resulted in publication of Ellen Lust and Saloua Zerhouni (Eds.), Political Participation
in the Middle East and North Africa (Lynne Rienner Press, 2008).

“Roots of Radicalism,” Yale University, May 7-9, 2004 (with Pauline Jones Luong, then at Yale University).

“Bringing the Middle East Back In,” December 2001 (with Marsha Pripstein Posusney, Vickie Langohr, and Eva Bellin).
• Second of two-part series, resulted in publication of Marsha Pripstein Posusney and
Michele Penner Angrist (Eds.), Authoritarianism in the Middle East:  Regimes and Resistance (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2005).

PRESENTATIONS (Last 5 Years):
2013
Gender, Rights and the Roles of Women, Yale Law School, Oct. 21
Governance and Welfare in the MENA, MESA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 12
Egypt’s Impact on Maghreb Political Dynamics, CSIS, Washington, DC Sept. 16
Air Strikes Over Syria? Yale University, Sept. 10
Egypt’s Future, The Daily Circuit, Minnesota Public Radio, July 11
Benghazi and Libya’s Future, Renaissance Weekend, Jackson, WY July 5
New Realities of the ME, Renaissance Weekend, Jackson, WY, July 5
What’s Next in the ME?, Renaissance Weekend, Jackson, WY, July 4
Lessons from the LPES, US-Libyan Business Assn, Washington, DC June 27
The Arab Silent Majority, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC, June 27
Results of the Libya Post-Election Survey (LPES), NDI, Washington, DC, June 27
Critical Issues in Arab Transitions, USAID, Washington, DC, June 27
Libyan Post-Election Survey: Key Results, Libya Working Group, Washington, June 26
Critical Issues in Arab Transitions, IRI, Washington, DC, June 26
Critical Issues in Arab Transitions, State Dept, Washington, DC, June 26
Democracy in the Arab World? India-Yale Leadership Program, Yale, June 20
First Two Years of Arab Transitions, FSI, Washington, DC, June 4
Jordan: Kingdom of Crisis or Stability? FSI, Washington, DC, June 4
First Two Years of Arab Transitions, World Bank, Washington, DC, June 3
First Two Years of Arab Transitions, UNDP, New York, NY, May 31
Islam, Identity and Transition, NDI, Washington, DC, May 30
First Two Years of the Arab Transition, Freedom House, Washington, DC, May 29
Ideology, Identity and Arab Transitions, Carnegie, Washington, DC, May 28
Parties, Polarization and Democratic Development in the ME, POMEPS, DC, May 24
Democracy and Post-Transition Arab World, POMEPS Plenary, DC, May 23
Voting Acts, Workshop on Hybrid Elections, Bergen, Norway, May 11
Ideology, Identity and Transition in the Arab Spring, CMI, Bergen, Norway, May 7
Social Networks and Elections, Straus Institute, Apr. 8
Observations on the July 7th Election, NDI Forum, Tripoli, Libya Mar. 3
Comparative Electoral Systems and Engagement, NDI Forum, Tripoli, Libya, Mar. 2
What Difference Does a Revolution Make? Michigan State University, Feb. 18
Workshop on Parties and Democratization, University of Chicago, Feb. 16
Clientelism and Elections, Middle East Workshop, George Washington U, Feb. 12
Panel on Elections in North Africa, POMEPS, George Washington U, Feb. 11
Clientelism in Uncertain Times, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, Feb. 7

2012
Presentation of Initial Results, Tunisian Post-Election Survey, CEMAT, Tunis, Dec. 11
Discussant, Egypt’s Uprisings, Kevorkian Center, NYU, Nov. 30
Social Networks and Election Law, Constitutional Transitions Workshop, NYU, Nov. 28
Multiple Meanings of Elections, Law, Politics and Economics Workshop, NYU, Nov. 27
Multiple Meanings of Elections, MESA Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 18
Voting in Authoritarian and Transitional Elections, AUC, Cairo, Nov. 10
Gender and Voting in Egyptian Elections, Cairo University, Nov. 9
Secularism, Islamism and Democracy, Ford Foundation, Cairo, Nov. 9
Voting in Authoritarian and Transitional Elections, Univ. of Aarhus, Oct. 31
Secularism, Islamism and Democracy, Danish Institute for International Studies, Oct. 30
Why Islamists Win, Danish Foreign Policy Society, Copenhagen, Oct. 29
Secularism, Islamism and Transitions, Carsten Niebuhr Institute, Copenhagen, Oct 29
Secularism, Islamism and Democracy, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oct. 29
Social Networks and Elections, Straus Institute, NYU Law School, Oct. 24
Ideology and Transitions in the MENA, Leadership Conference, Brown Univ., Oct 1
Political Participation in the MENA, Northwestern Michigan College, Sept. 20
The People are Speaking, but What are They Saying?, IAC, Traverse City, MI Sept. 20
Women and the Arab Spring, League of Women Voters, Leland, MI, Sept. 19
Survey Interviewer Training (in Arabic), Tunis, Tunisia, Sept. 12
Five Myths about Arab Spring, Yale-India Parliamentary Leadership Program, June 22
Elections Research after the Arab Uprisings, George Washington University, May 29
Revolt and Reform in North Africa, Portland State University, April 25
Cash or Kin? Portland State University, April 25
Cash or Kin? North East Middle East Political Science Workshop, Princeton, March 9
Cash or Kin? American University of Cairo, Cairo, March 1
The Arab Uprisings, Plenary Session Keynote, Conference on Democracy, Oslo, Jan 13

2011
Women, Tribes and Ruling Parties, Middle East Studies Assn, Washington, DC Dec. 3
Stability of the Authoritarian State? Middle East Studies Assn, Washington, DC, Dec. 2
Women and Challenges of Transition, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Tunis, July 1
From Tahrir: Revolution or Democratic Transition? AUC, Cairo, June 4-6
Book Workshop, George Washington University, May 26
POMEPS Conference, George Washington University, May 20-21
Activism in the Middle East Conference, Stanford University, May 12-13
CT Hedge Fund Assn/Yale School of Management, Stamford, CT, May 5
Teach-in on Unrest in the MENA: Syria, Yale University, April 28
Project on Middle East Politics Panel on Democracy, Washington, DC, April 27
Association of Yale Alumni, Bergen County, NJ, April 14
Workshop in Comparative Research, University of Michigan, April 8
Converse-Miller Lecture, University of Michigan, April 7
Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, IL March 31
Teach-In on Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, Yale University, Feb. 8
Workshop on Challenges to Democracy in Divided Societies, Duke, Jan 28-29.

2010
UNDP Experts Workshop on Governance in Conflict-Affected States, Nov. 9
Workshop in Middle East Studies, NYU, Nov. 5.
African Studies Association – UK Biennial Conference, Sept 16-19.
American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Sept. 2-5.
World Congress on Middle East Studies, Barcelona, Spain, July 19-24.
Association of Yale Alumni, Jacksonville, FL, June 17.
Workshop on Establishing Order, Istanbul, Turkey July 16-18.
Workshop, Mobilization in the Arab World, American University of Cairo, May 21-23.
Conference on Reform in the Arab World, Stanford University, May 9-12.
Comparative Politics Workshop, University of Chicago, May 5.
Comparative Politics Workshop, SUNY-Albany, April 28.
Northeastern ME Politics Workshop, Harvard University, March 19-21.

2009
Yale ASA Panel on Obama and the ME, November 11.
Yale World Fellows Seminar, November 11.
Donor Election Retreat, Addis Ababa, May 25.
Association of Yale Alumni Meeting, Houston, TX, April 25.
Association of Yale Alumni Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 24.
ECPR Workshop, Lisbon, Portugal, April 14-19.
Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 4.
Islam Awareness Week Panel Discussion, Yale University, April 1.
New England ME Politics Workshop, Cornell University, March 27-28.
Department of Political Science, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, March 13.
Comparative Politics Workshop, Princeton University, February 12.
Conference on Social Transformations and Governance, Yale, January 30-31.

Policy engagement:
Carter Center, Political Advisor, Jordanian Election Study Mission, Jan 2013.
Freedom House, Freedom in the World Advisor, The Middle East, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Freedom House, Countries at the Crossroads Advisor, The Middle East, 2012.
Carter Center, Election Observation Team, Tunisia, 2011.
Creative Associates, International Electoral Education Council (with Iranian, Turkish and US participants), Istanbul, Turkey, November 5-9, 2009.
Pactworld, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 24-27, 2009.
Creative Associates, US Elections Study Mission Program at Yale University (with Iranian and Turkish participants), November 1-6, 2008.
Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Middle East Workshop March 13-14, 2008.
Army Directed Studies Office (ADSO), Seminar on the Sahel/North Africa, November 1, 2007.
Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, 2002.
RAND Corporation, Center for Middle East Public Policy, 2001.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Middle East Studies Association, American Institute of Maghrebi Studies, African Studies Association.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (Last Ten Years):
Institutional Leadership:
President, Advisory Board, Journal of Middle East Law and Governance, 2012-present
Research Council Advisory Board, National Endowment for Democracy, 2012-present
Advisory Board, Yale Arab Alumni Association, 2008-present
Faculty Advisor, Yale World Fellows Program, 2007-present
Founding Member, Northeastern Middle East Political Science, 2006-present
Board Member, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 2005-present
Chair, Best Article Award Committee, APSA Democratization Section, 2011
Founding Associate Editor, Journal of Middle East Law and Governance, 2007-2012
Board Member, American Journal of Political Science, 2009-2012
Academic Advisory Board Member, America Abroad Media, 2010-2012
Advisory Committee, Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics (Yale), 2006-2012
Board Member, Iran Human Rights and Documentation Center, 2006-2009
Chair, Middle East Politics Section, Midwest Political Science Association, 2008
Founded and organized MENA Visiting Scholar Program, 2007-2010.
Secretary, APSA Comparative Democratization Section, 2006-2008
Regional Admissions Screening Committee, Yale World Fellows Program, 2004-2006, 2008
Board Member, American Institute of Maghrebi Studies (AIMS), 2003-2006
Book Review Editor, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 2003-2007
Faculty Advisor, Yale Israel Journal, 2003-2005

Review Panels, Awards Committees:
Reviewer, NSF ORA Plus Panel, Berlin, October 28-29, 2013.
Yale Arab Alumni Association Award, 2012, 2013
National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Graduate Admission Committee (Yale University), 2009, 2010 (chair).
National Science Foundation Political Science Section (Special Awards), December 2008.
Albert Hourani Book Award Committee, Middle East Studies Association, 2008
Committee for Best Paper Award (Chair), APSA Comparative Democratization Section, 2005.
AIMS Grant Committee (Chair), 2005, 2006.
YCIAS Grant Committee, 2006.
Reviewer (multiple years): American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Party Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Conflict Management and Peace Science, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Indiana University Press, University of Michigan Press, University of Texas Press, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Lynne Rienner Press,

DISSERTATION COMMITTEES (CO-)CHAIRED AT YALE (Current Institution):
Dominika Koter (Colgate), Tarek Masoud (Harvard), Debra Shushan (William and Mary), Calvert Jones (CUNY), Lihi Ben Shitrit (University of Georgia/Harvard Post-Doctoral Fellowship).

DISSERTATION COMMITTEES OUTSIDE OF YALE (Degree-granting Institution):
Lisa Blaydes (UCLA), Gail Butterhof (University of Iowa), Kevin Koehler (European University Institute), Russell Lucas (Georgetown University), Eva Wegnar (European University Institute).

TEACHING INTERESTS AND CAPABILITIES:
Introduction to Middle East Politics (including On-Line class, Yale Summer School)
Institutional Reform under Authoritarianism
Regime Transitions and Transformations
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
International Politics of the Middle East
Domestic Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Politics of the Middle East through Film and Literature
Development in Africa and the Middle East
Political Consolidation in Africa and the Middle East
Comparative Foreign Policy