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The Transitional Governance Project Team consists of Lindsay Benstead, Ellen Lust, Dhafer Malouche, Gamal Soltan and Jakob Wichmann

(Alphabetical order)

Lindsay Benstead, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Portland State University

(M.A.E. in Applied Economics and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science, University of Michigan) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Her research focuses on clientelism, electoral politics, gender and politics, and survey research methodology in North Africa. She has conducted public opinion surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya and published in Foreign AffairsInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research, and Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.

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Ellen Lust, Associate Professor, Yale University, Department of Political Science

(M. A. Modern Middle East Studies and PhD in Political Science, University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University.  Her work examines political participation and governance, and she has conducted fieldwork and implemented surveys in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia.  Her publications include Structuring Conflict in the Arab World; Political Participation in the Middle East, co-edited with Saloua Zerhouni; Governing Africa’s Changing Societies, co-edited with Stephen Ndegwa; the 12th and 13th editions of the edited textbook, The Middle East; Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism (Forthcoming), co-edited with Lina Khatib; as well as academic articles and policy reports for organizations such as Brookings, Carnegie, the UNDP and The World Bank.

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Dhafer Malouche, Associate Professor, Ecole Supérieure de la Statistique et de l’Analyse de l’Information at the University of Carthage, Tunisia

(Ph. D. In Statistics, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France).  Dhafer is an expert in Statistical methodology and analysis. He has recently supervised a survey on the political situation in Tunisia during the post-election period (in collaboration with Benstead and Lust) and has also been involved in a national survey on violence against women conducted by the National Office of the Family and Population. He has previously been a visiting scholar at the Department of Statistics, Stanford University. Dhafer has co-authored several papers and publications on Tunisia and Egypt with Benstead, Lust, and Wichmann.


Gamal Soltan, Professor in Political Science, American University of Cairo, Egypt

(Ph. D, Political Science, Northern Illinois University, 1995). Gamal Soltan is the former director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS), Cairo, Egypt. Past responsibilities in the ACPSS included the leading position in two ACPSS’s programs: Middle East in World Politics program and Survey Research program. He has served for two years (1999-2001) as the editor of the ACPSS’s “Strategic Papers”, a monthly series of policy oriented monographs published in both Arabic and English. His recent publications include: Contending Political Forces in Post Saddam Iraq; The U.S. Policy in Iraq; Arab Politics and the Palestinian Intifada; Political Culture and Political Participation in Egypt; Security Perceptions in the Arab World and Euro-Med Relations.


Jakob Wichmann, Managing Partner, Voluntas advisory

(M. A. in Political Science, University of Aarhus and M.A. in Political Theory, University of Essex) is an expert in policy development, voting behavior, research and analysis. He is the founding partner of JMW Consulting (now Voluntas Advisory) a consultancy that specializes in countries in transition and social and political research. Since January 2011, he has facilitated a series of public opinion surveys and party trainings in Egypt and Libya. Jakob has also consulted on several projects for The World Bank and other international NGOs and governments and published in Foreign Affairs, Current History, and Yale Global.

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