Lindsay J. Benstead

Title: Contributing Expert, Women's Rights in the Middle East Program


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Lindsay J. Benstead is an assistant professor of political science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Her research focuses on identity politics (e.g., gender, religion, tribe), clientelism, public opinion and survey methodology in the Middle East and North Africa. Benstead has conducted nationally-representative surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia (with Ellen Lust), Libya (with Ellen Lust and Jakob Wichmann), and Jordan (with Kristen Kao and Ellen Lust), and contributes to the the Transitional Governance Project ( and the Program on Governance and Local Development at Yale University ( Benstead’s research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Governance, Politics & Religion, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Democratization and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy and political science and an M.A.E. in applied economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and previously served as a doctoral fellow in the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale University and a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.



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