Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Dina Bishara

Dina Bishara

Office — Davis-Hodgkins House, 609 21st St. NW, Room 201

Office Hours — Friday 12:00-2:00pm

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Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — Political Theory

Current Research

Comparative politics; Middle East politics; political theory.


B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst


I completed my dissertation in August 2013 and I'm currently a Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. My research interests include authoritarianism, labor movements, social and protest movements, and state-society relations in authoritarian regimes. My research is inspired by an effort to understand both the day-to-day workings of authoritarian rule as well as the ways in which seemingly stable authoritarian institutions begin to break down. My dissertation explores challenges to authoritarian institutions through a focus on workers’ activism in Mubarak’s Egypt. In my dissertation research and subsequent work, I aim contribute to recent scholarship on authoritarianism by moving beyond the conventional focus on questions of systematic stability and toward a deeper understanding of how change occurs within authoritarian regimes. My research has been funded by the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University and the Project on Middle East Political Science. My work has been published in The Arab Spring in Egypt: Revolution and Beyond, and Middle East Law and Governance.