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Tarek MasoudProfessor Tarek Masoud

Faculty Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Chair, Middle East Initiative
Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations
Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Tarek Masoud is a Professor of Public Policy and the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is also Faculty Chair of the Middle East Initiative. His research focuses on political development in Arabic-speaking and Muslim-majority countries. He is the author of Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2014), of The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform with Jason Brownlee and Andrew Reynolds (Oxford University Press, 2015), as well as of several articles and book chapters. He is a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, a trustee of the American University in Cairo, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy, and the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and the Paul and Daisy Soros foundation, among others. He holds an AB from Brown and a Ph.D from Yale, both in political science.

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Alwaleed Bin Talal Professors

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David Roxburgh

Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History


Ousmane Kane

Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society


Malika Zeghal

Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life

Faculty Steering Committee


Ali Asani

Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies
Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures
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William Granara

Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment; Director of Modern Language Programs, and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
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