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I’m Melani Cammett, Professor of Political Science at Brown University.

I’m also a Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies and a faculty associate at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. During 2013-2014, I was a Takemi Fellow in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health with support from the New Directions Fellowship of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 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 project is available here. I am also currently completing a revised version of A Political Economy of the Middle East (with Ishac Diwan) to be released in January 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.

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