Eva Bellin

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

Eva Bellin 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.


  • Princeton University, PhD

  • Princeton University, MA

  • Harvard University, BA


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

Book Chapters

Policy Briefs and Short Pieces