Melani Cammett

Professor of Political Science


Melani Cammett is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Brown University. She specializes in the political economy of development and the Middle East and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on comparative politics, development, and Middle East politics. Her first book, Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2007) examines how integration in global manufacturing chains reshapes business politics in developing countries. She has published articles in World Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Comparative Politics, World Development and other scholarly journals. Cammett's second book, Compassionate Communalism? Welfare and Sectarianism in the Middle East, explores the dynamics of sectarianism through the lens of social welfare. Based on extensive research in Lebanon with additional case studies of organizations in Iraq, Palestine and India, the book focuses on social protection in societies with extensive non-state provision of welfare. An article based on this research won the 2011 Alexander L. George Award of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Section of the American Political Science Association. She has also co-edited a book manuscript, The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South, which examines the origins, evolution and consequences of non-state welfare provision for state-building and human security in diverse regions. Cammett holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and has consulted for various development policy organizations.


Comparative politics and political economy, Middle Eastern and North African politics