Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics in the Department of Politics and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies


Ph.D., Princeton University

Field of Specialty

Middle East Politics

Contact Information

Lemberg Hall 225

Eva R. Bellin

Eva Belin is a comparativist whose interests center on issues of democratization and authoritarian persistence, political and economic reform, civil society, religion and politics, and the politics of cultural change. She is the author of Stalled Democracy: Capital, Labor, and the Paradox of State Sponsored Development and co-editor of Building Rule of Law in the Arab World. She has published in a variety of venues including World Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, Foreign Affairs, Middle East Policy, as well as numerous edited books. In 2006-2008 she was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, supporting her research on high courts in the Middle East and Islamic World. She was also named a Fellow at the Princeton Institute for Regional and International Studies, Democracy and Development Program in 2006-2007. In 2015 she was awarded the Dean's Mentoring Award for outstanding work in mentoring graduate students. Bellin has served on the editorial board of the journal Comparative Politics since 2005. She has conducted field work in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, and Pakistan and earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her PhD at Princeton University.


Bellin, Eva R.. "Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond." by Yaprak Gusoy. Political Science Quarterly vol. Fall 2018 2018 (forthcoming)

Bellin, Eva R.. "“Explaining the Puzzle of Democratic Divergence: Theory Confronts Experience in Tunisia and Egypt"." Political Science Quarterly Summer 2018. (2018). (forthcoming)

Bellin, Eva R. and Heidi Lane, ed. Building Rule of Law in the Arab World. 2016 ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner, 2016.

Bellin, Eva R.. ""Building Rule of Law in the Arab World: Paths to Realization"." Building Rule of Law in the Arab World. 2016 ed. Ed. Eva Bellin and Heidi Lane. Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner, 2016

Bellin, Eva R.. ""Lessons, Challenges, and Puzzles for Building Rule of Law in the Arab World"." Building Rule of Law in the Arab World. 2016 ed. Ed. Eva Bellin and Heidi Lane. Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner, 2016

Bellin, Eva R.. "Explaining Democratic Divergence." The Arab Thermidor: Revenge of the Security State. Ed. Marc Lynch. George Washington University, 2015

Bellin, Eva R.. "The Road to Rule of Law in the Arab World: Comparative Insights." Crown Center: Middle East Brief 84 (2015): <http://www.brandeis.edu/crown/publications/meb/meb84.html>.

Bellin, Eva R.. ""Pondering the Extraordinary: Description, Explanation, and Theorization of the Arab Spring"." Bustan: The Middle East Book Review (2014).

Bellin, Eva R.. ""The Persistence of Surprise in Middle East Politics"." PS: Political Science and Politics 47: 03. (2014).

Bellin, Eva R.. "Drivers of Democracy: Lessons from Tunisia." Middle East Brief 75 (2013): <http://www.brandeis.edu/crown/publications/meb/meb75.html>.

Bellin, Eva R.. "From Authoritarianism to People Power in the MENA: Implications for Inclusion and Equity." Getting Development Right: Structural Transformation, Inclusion, and Sustainablity in the Post-Crisis Era. Ed. Eva Paus. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Bellin, Eva R. and Peter Krause. ""Intervention in Syria: Reconciling Moral Premises and Realistic Outcomes"." Middle East Brief 64 (2012)

Bellin, Eva R.. ""The Robustness of Authoritarianism Reconsidered: Lessons of the Arab Spring"." Comparative Politics 44. 2 (2012): 127-149.

Bellin, Eva R.. "A Modest Transformation: Political Change in the Arab World after the Arab Spring." Arab Awakenings, Democratic Transitions?. Ed. Clement Henry and Ji-Hyang Jang. ASAN Institute, 2012

Bellin, Eva R.. ""Beyond the Arab Spring"." BrandeisNOW

Bellin, Eva R.. "Lessons from the Jasmine and Nile Revolutions: Possibilities of Political Transformation in the Middle East." (2011)

Bellin, Eva R.. "“Thinking about Democracy and Revolution in the Middle East: Why Now?”." Jewish Review of Books (2011).

Bellin, Eva R.. "The Dog that Didn’t Bark: The Political Complacence of the Emerging Middle Class (with Illustrations from the Middle East)." Political Power and Social Theory 21. (2010): 125-141.

Bellin, Eva R.. "Realistic Idealism and Democracy Promotion in the Middle East ." Middle East Policy XV. 4 (January) (2009): 138-140.

Bellin, Eva R.. "Democratization and its Discontents. ." Foreign Affairs 87. 4 (2008): 112-119.

Bellin, Eva R.. "Faith in Politics: New Trends in the Study of Religion and Politics." World Politics 60. January (2008): 315-47.

Bellin, Eva R.. "The Iraqi Intervention and Democracy in Comparative Historical Perspective ." Political Science Quarterly 119:4 (Winter). (2005): 595-608.

Bellin, Eva R.. "The Political Economic Conundrum: The Affinity of Economic and Political Reform in the Middle East and North Africa." Uncharted Journey: Democracy Promotion in the Middle East. Ed. Thomas Carothers and Marina Ottaway. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005

Bellin, Eva R.. "The Robustness of Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Exceptionalism in Comparative Perspective.." Comparative Politics 36. 2 (2004): 139-157.

Bellin, Eva R.. Stalled Democracy: Capital, Labor, and the Paradox of State Sponsored Development. New York: Cornell University Press, 2002.

Bellin, Eva R.. "Contingent Democrats: Industrialists, Labor, and Democratization in Late-Developing Countries." World Politics 52. 2 (2000): 175-205.

Bellin, Eva R.. "Civil Society in Formation: Tunisia." Civil Society in the Middle East.. Ed. Augustus Richard Norton. :E.J. Brill, 1995

Bellin, Eva R.. "Economic and Political Liberalization in the Middle East." Comparative Poltical Studies 28. 3 (October) (1995): 479-483.

Bellin, Eva R.. "The Politics of Profit in Tunisia: Utility of the Rentier Paradigm?." World Development 22. 3 (1994): 427-436.

Bellin, Eva R.. "Tunisian Industrialists and the State"." Tunisia: The Political Economy of Reform. Ed. I. William Zartman. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1991. 45-65.

Courses Taught

POL 11b Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 133a Contemporary Politics in the Middle East
POL 135b The Politics of Islamic Resurgence
POL 213a Graduate Seminar: Comparative Political Institutions and Public Policy