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PhD Candidate Mathew Isaacs Discusses Religion and Ethnic Rebellion

Kerry Chase Awarded Provost's Innovations in Research Award

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Ryan LaRochelle wins prestigious Robert C. Wood Prize

Jytte Klausen writes on Charlie Hebdo shooting in Foreign Affairs and Time Magazine

Crown Center panel covers major topics in Middle East

Shai Feldman publishes in Middle East Brief

Shai Feldman publishes in The National Interest

Jill Greenlee discusses her new book with MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry

Shai Feldman publishes in World Politics Review

Danielle Higgins (MA '14) publishes on Huffington Post

Jill Greenlee publishes The Political Consequences of Motherhood

Shai Feldman publishes in The National Interest

Ehud Eiran (Ph.D. '10) publishes on The Monkey Cage

Matthew Isaacs (Ph.D. candidate) publishes on Political Violence at a Glance

Recent Ph.D. placements

Karim Elkady (Ph.D. candidate) receives Truman Library research grant

Shai Feldman publishes in The National Interest

Eva Bellin's research on Arab Spring cited in The Boston Globe

Adam Smith (Ph.D. candidate) receives Outstanding Teaching Fellow award

Danielle Gewurz (B.A. '11) to pursue MS in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon

Hailey Magee (B.A. '15) accepted to NEW Leadership New England summer program

Funding Opportunities from the Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism

Shai Feldman publishes in Middle East Brief

Jeffrey G. Karam (Ph.D. candidate) accepted to Summer Institute at Elliott School of International Affairs

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Seth Werfel (B.A. '10) publishes on The Monkey Cage

Jill Greenlee publishes in Journal of Political Science Education

New Brandeis Textbook Offers Even-Handed Look at Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sarah Feuer (Ph.D. candidate) wins ASMEA Best Student Paper Award

Professors ponder how JFK's presidency could have turned out

Justice Brandeis Semester expands its offerings

Shai Feldman co-authors Crown Center book

Six new Politics courses for Spring 2014

Jill Greenlee's research on race cited in Washington Post

Bernard Yack's most recent book to be subject of symposium at LSE

Jill Greenlee participates in Gender and Political Psychology Research Workshop

Paul Herron Signs Book Contract

PhD Candidate Victoria McGroary Presents Paper at APSA Annual Meeting

PhD Candidate Adam Smith Appointed Lecturer at Suffolk University

Steve Burg Publishes in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics

Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University, gives public lecture, "Supermajority Rule and Democracy."

Sarah Feuer (Ph.D. candidate) wins ASMEA Best Student Paper Award

Nov. 25, 2013

Sarah Feuer, Ph.D. candidate in Politics and Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, has been awarded this year's Best Student Paper Award at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA). Sarah's paper, "The Politics of Religious Education in Morocco and Tunisia: Historical Trends and Current Debates", is currently under review for publication in ASMEA’s peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

Abstract: In the Arab world, nearly every country incorporated the establishment of religion into its state- and nation-building projects of the last century.  Public education emerged as a central, if contested, site for these projects. Yet, the scope and content of religious instruction have varied across time and place.  What explains this variation?  The paper addresses this question by examining shifts in the incorporation of Islamic education into the national curriculum of Moroccan and Tunisian public secondary schools between 1956 and 2010.  The central argument is that changes in religious education curricula have been tools employed in the name of regime survival and have principally resulted from two key political factors: 1) the regime’s institutional endowment, e.g. whether the ruling authority enjoyed a strong party and/or bureaucracy capable of imposing its political will, and 2) the constellation of available allies and opponents confronting the regime. 

More information about the 2013 Annual ASMEA Conference is available on the ASMEA website.