This workshop will be led by Arang Keshavarzian, Pete Moore, Atef Said and Stacey Philbrick Yadav, who are members of MERIP’s Editorial Committee and are the editors of the Winter 2021 issue of Middle East Report about the Arab uprisings, 10 years later.
Arang Keshavarzian is associate professor and department chair in the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department at New York University. His fields of research and teaching are comparative politics of the Middle East with a focus on issues related to political economy, transnationalism and contentious politics in authoritarian contexts. Much of his research and writing focuses on modern Iran and the Persian Gulf.
Pete Moore is associate professor of politics at Case Western Reserve University. His research interests focus on economic development and state-society relations in the Middle East and Africa. Specifically, he works on the Gulf Arab States and the Levant; business-state relations, privatization, and decentralization; sub-state conflict and regional security.
Atef Said is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago. He worked as a human rights attorney and researcher in Egypt from 1995 to 2004 before joining academia. His current research focuses on politics, revolutions, and social change. He teaches courses in classical sociological theory, political sociology, historical sociological methods, Middle Eastern societies, and contemporary social movements.
Stacey Philbrick Yadav is associate professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She specializes in comparative politics of the Middle East and teaches classes in Middle East politics, social movements, political violence, and qualitative and interpretive methods. Her research focuses primarily on the relationship between state and non-state actors and the role of civil actors in armed conflict, particularly in Yemen.
Mandy Terc is the executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project. Previously, she served as founding director of the Sheikh Faisal Center for Entrepreneurship in the Middle East at DePaul University where she developed programs to strengthen Qatar’s entrepreneurial capacity and to connect entrepreneurs in Doha and Chicago. Terc has written extensively about the region’s new generation of entrepreneurs and has conducted 18 months of field research on entrepreneurship in Syria. She speaks fluent Arabic and holds a PhD from the University of Michigan.
Michelle Woodward has been MERIP’s managing editor since February 2020 and photo editor since 2003. She has also held other positions at MERIP such as media coordinator, administrative assistant and intern. She occasionally writes articles about photography, was editor of Jadaliyya’s Photography Page from 2013 until 2017 and conducts photo research for authors and publishers.