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Laurie Brand

Robert Grandford Wright Professor and Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies
Director

Contact Information
E-mail: brand@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3651
Office: VKC 330

 

Biographical Sketch

Laurie A. Brand (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1985) is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of international relations and Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California. She served as director of the Center for International Studies from 1997-2000, as Director of the School of International Relations from 2006-09, and currently serves as Director of its Center for Middle East Studies.  A past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2004), and currently chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom, she specializes in Middle East international relations and inter-Arab politics. A Rockefeller Bellagio Center resident scholar in fall 2013, aCarnegie Scholar for 2008-10 and a four-time Fulbright scholar to the Middle East and North Africa, she is the author of Palestinians in the Arab World: Institution Building and the Search for State (Columbia University Press, 1988), Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making (Columbia University Press, 1994), and Women, the State and Political Liberalization (Columbia University Press, 1998);   Citizens Abroad: States and Migration in the Middle East and North Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (Stanford University Press, 2014). Her current research interests include state-expatriate relations and national narrative construction. She has carried out fieldwork in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Kuwait. She is fluent in Arabic and French, highly proficient in Spanish, advanced reading ability in Italian, a basic working knowledge of Hebrew and German, and an intermediate level of Turkish.
 

Education

Ph.D. Comparative Politics, Columbia University, 1/1985
M.A. International Affairs, Columbia University, 1/1981
B.S. French, Georgetown University, 1/1978
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Robert Grandford Wright Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/2009-  
Professor, University of Southern California, 08/1999-  
Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 08/1995-08/1999  
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 08/1989-08/1995  
Assistant Director, Institute for Palestine Studies, Washington, D.C., 12/1984-07/1989  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Brand researches Middle East international relations, Middle East regional and domestic political economy and inter-Arab politics. Her most recent research has focused on the politics of national narrative construction in Egypt, Algeria and Jordan, as well as on the growing phenomenon of voting from abroad. She also continue to work on topics related to state-diaspora ties, with an emphasis on the relations between Middle Eastern and North African states and their communities of nationals resident abroad.
 

Research Keywords

national narrative construction, migration and diaspora, out of country voting, citizenship, Middle East affairs, regional studies - Middle East, North Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Palestinian Affairs.
 

Research Specialties

National narrative construction. Migration, citizenship and diaspora. State-expatriate relations. Voting from abroad. Middle East and North African affairs; Inter-Arab politics.
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

National Narratives and the State (Rockefeller Bellagio Center), Laurie A. Brand, $0, Fall 2012   
 

Other Research

Wrote position paper for EU Member State and EC migration policy brainstorming session on "The Role of the Sending State and Society", Spring 2011   
Member of research cluster funded by Luce Foundation Grant on Religion, Identity and Global Governance, of the School of International Relations and the Center for International Studies, USC, 2006-2007   
 

Publications

Book

Brand, L. A. (2014). Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria. Palo Alto California: Stanford University Press.
Brand, L. (2006). Citizens Abroad: State and Emigration in the Middle East and North Africa. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Brand, L. A. (1998). Women, The State and Political Liberalization: Middle Eastern and North African Experiences. Columbia University Press.
Brand, L. (1995). Jordan's Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making. New York: Columbia University Press.
Brand, L. (1991). Al-Filastiniyyun f-il-Watan al-'Arabi: Buna' al-Mu'as-sassat w-al Bahth 'an al-Dawlah, Washington, D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1991.
Brand, L. (1988). Palestinians in the Arab World: Institution-Building and the Search for State, New York: Columbia University Press, 1988.
 

Book Chapter

Brand, L. A. (2007). "Emigrant, Mughtarib, ‘Amil f-il-Kharij: The Language and Institutions of State-Expatriate Relations," in Les Politiques Etatiques envers les Expatriés. Paris: Presses de Sciences Politiques.
 

Journal Article

Brand, L. A. (2010). Authoritarian States and Voting From Abroad: North African Experiences. Comparative Politics.
Brand, L. A. (2010). Emigrants and National Narratives: State Discursive Strategies of Inclusion and Exclusion in Lebanon and Jordan. International Migration Review.
Brand, L. (2005). Scholarship in the Shadow of Empire. MESA Bulletin. Vol. n/a
 

Honors and Awards

USC Endowed Professorship, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and Professor of International Relations, 9/1/2009-  
Rockefeller Fellowship Recipient, Bellagio Center Writing Residency, Fall 2012   
Carnegie Corporation Scholar, 5/2008-12/2011  
Winner of the Concours National of the Alliance Francaise of the United States, Spring 2007   
Council for American Overseas Research Centers, grant for four months of research in Lebanon and Jordan, Spring 2003   
Fulbright Award, Regional Research Award for Morocco, Tunisia, and Lebanon, 5/2002-12/2002  
USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 2002  
Fulbright Award, Islamic Civilization Research Grant, 1990  
Fulbright Award, Regional Research Award for Jordan, Kuwait and Tunisia, 7/1986-10/1986  
Fulbright Award, Dissertation grant, 9/1983-9/1984  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director, 08/16/2014-08/15/2017  
Director, School of International Relations, 08/16/2006-08/15/2009  
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Member, Steering Committee, Program on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), funded by Carnegie Corp., 2010-2011   
Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom, Middle East Studies Association, 2008-2009   
 

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Stanford Series in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures, Stanford University Press, 08/16/2004-  
 

Professional Offices

Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom, Middle East Studies Association, 2010-2011   
 

Professional Memberships

American Institute for Maghrebi Studies, 1998-  
Middle East Studies Association, 1992-  
American Political Science Association, 1989-  
Palestine American Research Center, member of the board, 2003-2008  
Pacific Council on International Policy, 1995-2008  
Middle East Studies Association, member of the board, 2003-2005  
President, Middle East Studies Association, 2004  
American Institute for Maghrebi Studies, member of the board, 1999-2001  
 
 
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