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Safa Al-Saeedi

Program Area(s):  Comparative Politics; Methods

Regional Specialization(s):  Middle East

Dissertation Title:

Communication as Power: Effects of the Internet on Authoritarian Politics

Dissertation Committee:  Wendy Pearlman (Chair), James Mahoney, Sarah Bouchat, Rachel Riedl (Cornell University), Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Research Interest(s): Political communication, research methods, Middle East politics, public opinion, religion and law, text-as-data, machine learning

Select Conference Presentations:

  • Communication as Power: Effects of the Internet on Authoritarian Politics, Economic Sociology Summer Conference, Columbia University, 2019
  • The Arab Spring: Why Did the Uprisings Miss the Monarchies? American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, 2019 and Midwest Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, 2019
  • The Politics of Religious Reforms in the Arab World: Evidence from Egypt and Lebanon, Chicago Area Comparative and Historical Social Sciences, 2019

Awards:

  • "The National Science Foundation-APSA Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2020
  • The Humane Studies Graduate Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, 2019
  • The Dispute Resolution Research Center Grant, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, 2020
  • The Graduate Research Grant, The Graduate School, Northwestern University, 2020
  • Data Acquisition Research Grant, Northwestern University Library, 2020
  • American Political Science Association Travel Grant, 2019
  • Graduate Research Fund, Political Science Department, Northwestern University, 2019
  • Northwestern Political Science Graduate Research Fund, 2018
  • Minar Memorial Summer Award, Political Science Department, Northwestern University, 2017
  • Mellon Foundation Fellowship, the Northwestern Middle East and North Africa Program, 2016"
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