International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Ellen Lust

University of Gothenburg

Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development at Yale University and at the University of Gothenburg, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. She also serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, DC.  She received her M.A. in Modern Middle East and North African Studies and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and has conducted fieldwork and implemented surveys in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. She was a co-founder of the Transitional Governance Project and a founding associate editor of Middle East Law and Governance and currently chairs its board of directors. In collaboration with Hana Brixi and Michael Woolcock of the World Bank, she recently published Trust, Voice and Incentives: Learning from Local Successes in Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa, (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2015). Other books include Structuring Conflict in the Arab World (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Political Participation in the Middle East (Lynne Reinner Press, 2008), co-edited with Saloua Zerhouni; Governing Africa’s Changing Societies (Lynne Reinner Press, 2012), co-edited with Stephen Ndegwa, Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), co-edited with Lina Khatib The Middle East, an edited textbook (CQ Press, 2010, 2013 and forthcoming). She has also published articles in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Politics and Society, and Comparative Politics. Her work broadly examines political participation and governance. She is currently writing a book examining the politics of elections in the Arab world, and a jointly authored volume (with Jakob Wichmann and Gamal Soltan) on the Egyptian transition.

Dr. Lust is also a member of the Transitional Governance Project studying the pressures, processes, and prospects for transition in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Forum News

“Transitional Governance Project,” International Forum for Democratic Studies News (Oct. 7, 2013)