Marwa Shalaby is the postdoctoral fellow for the Kelly Day Endowment on the Status of Women and Human Rights in the Middle East at the Baker Institute. Her research is in the field of comparative politics and research methodology, with a concentration on Middle Eastern politics, democratization, and gender and politics. Shalaby’s dissertation focuses on investigating gender-related variations in mass political attitudes and behavior in the Middle East. She has presented her work in numerous conferences, such as the Midwest Political Science Association and the Southern Political Science Association. She has received intensive methodology training at the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University, as well as taught classes on research methodology and comparative politics at the University of Houston.
At the Baker Institute, Shalaby’s research agenda will focus on the gender gap in the Arab region, both on the political and societal levels. In the first phase of her research, she will launch a multi-method data collection project investigating the impact of females’ presence in legislative bodies on advancing women’s political engagement in three Middle Eastern countries with dissimilar political systems. Her long-term goal is to broaden the scope of this study to include more countries from the region. Additionally, Shalaby will be working on producing a book manuscript of her dissertation.
Shalaby graduated with honors from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, one of the most prestigious institutions in the Middle East, with a Bachelor of Arts. She also studied at the American University in Cairo and the Sorbonne in Paris before heading to the United States to earn her doctorate from the University of Houston.
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