Laurie Brand

Expert in the politics and culture of the Middle East

Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies

Director, Middle East Studies Program

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • Middle East political economy
  • Palestinian affairs
  • inter-Arab politics
  • “Arab spring”
  • ethnic conflict in the Middle East
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • North Africa
  • immigration, migration and refugees in the Middle East
  • Academic freedom
  • Arabic language study

Additional Information

  • Author, Official Stories: The Politics of National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (2014), Citizens Abroad: Emigration and the State: the Middle East and North Africa (2006), Women, the State and Political Liberalization: Middle Eastern and North African Experiences (1998), Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making (1995) and Palestinians in the Arab World: Institution Building and the Search for State (1988)
  • Chair, Middle East Studies Association, Committee on Academic Freedom, 2006 to the present
  • Past President, Middle East Studies Association (2004)
  • Recipient, Associates Award (2002)


  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

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