Lindsay J. Benstead is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University. She is currently a Fellow in the Middle East Program and the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC (2018-2019). Her research focuses on identity politics (gender, religion, tribe), clientelism, public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East and North Africa. She has conducted surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and contributes to the Transitional Governance Project ( and the Program on Governance and Local Development, Yale University ( She is a Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University Her research has appeared in Perspectives on PoliticsGovernance, Politics & ReligionDemocratization, and Foreign Affairs.


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