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 governance and the politics of social service provision by public, private and non-state actors in the Middle East as well as identity politics in the region. More information on some of my research projects is available here. This year I published a revised version of A Political Economy of the Middle East (with Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards and John Waterbury). I am also beginning a new project on the long-term historical roots of distinct development trajectories in the Middle East.
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. This book won the 2015 American Political Science Association (APSA) Giovanni Sartori Book Award and the Honorable Mention for the 2015 APSA Gregory Luebbert Book Award, and an article based on the book won the 2011 APSA Alexander L. George Award. My co-edited volume, The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare (Cornell University Press, 2014), which received the Honorable Mention for the 2015 Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), 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.