I’m Melani Cammett, Professor of Government at Harvard University. I specialize in the political economy of development and the Middle East; teach graduate and undergraduate courses on comparative politics, development, and Middle East politics; and consult for development policy organizations.
My current research focuses on the provision of welfare by public, private and non-state actors in the Middle East. More information on this research is available here. I am also working on a number of projects on governance and the delivery of social services in the Middle East, and have recently completed a revised version of A Political Economy of the Middle East (with Ishac Diwan) to be released in March 2015.
My second book, Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2014), explores how politics shape the distribution of welfare goods by ethnic and religious groups, in turn reshaping or reinforcing sectarianism. My co-edited volume, The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare (Cornell University Press, 2014), focuses on the political consequences of non-state social welfare. Read more about these books and my other publications here.
My first book, Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2007, 2010) examines how global economic integration affects state-business relations and industrial development in developing countries, focusing on Morocco and Tunisia. You can buy my book at AbeBooks.com or at Amazon.com.
A complete list of my publications is available here.