Bio


Lisa Blaydes is Associate Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is the author of Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak’s Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and State of Repression: Iraq under Saddam Hussein (Princeton University Press, 2018). Her articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Governance, International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Middle East Journal, Studies in Comparative International Development and World Politics. During the 2008-9 and 2009-2010 academic years, Professor Blaydes was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. During the 2015-16 academic year, she was a Fellow at the Center for Advance Study in the Behavior Sciences. She holds degrees in Political Science (PhD) from the University of California, Los Angeles and International Relations (BA, MA) from Johns Hopkins University.

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Director, Abbasi Program for Islamic Studies (2017 - Present)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2015 - 2016)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University (2014 - Present)
  • National Fellow, Hoover Institution (2012 - 2013)
  • Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University (2008 - 2010)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University (2007 - 2014)
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (2004 - 2005)

Honors & Awards


  • Best Article Award, European Politics & Society Section, American Political Science Association (2017)
  • Outstanding Article Award, International History & Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2017)
  • Mary Parker Follett Prize, Politics & History Section, American Political Science Association (2014)
  • Outstanding Article Award, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association (2014)
  • Best Paper Award, Women & Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2011)
  • Paul J. Weber Award, Religion & Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2011)
  • Gabriel Almond Best Dissertation Award, Comparative Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2009)
  • Juan Linz Best Dissertation Prize, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association (2009)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Chair, Luebbert Book Prize Committee, Comparative Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2017 - 2017)
  • Conference Chair, Association for Analytic Learning on Islam and Muslim Societies (2016 - 2016)
  • Member, Gabriel Almond Award Committee, Comparative Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2016 - 2016)
  • Chair, Best Paper Prize Committee, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association, 2015 (2015 - 2015)
  • Member, Mary Parker Follett Prize Committee, Politics & History Section, American Political Science Association (2015 - 2015)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science, Stanford University (2013 - 2014)
  • Nominating Committee Member, International Studies Association (2012 - 2015)
  • Executive Committee Member, Comparative Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2012 - 2014)
  • Best Paper Prize Committee Member, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association (2012 - 2012)
  • Conference Chair, Association for Analytical Learning on Islam and Muslim Societies, Stanford University (2012 - 2012)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee Member, Department of Political Science, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Section Head, Politics of the Middle East, Midwest Political Science Association (2011 - 2011)
  • Steering Committee Member and Secretary, Association for Analytical Learning on Islam and Muslim Societies (ALLIMS) (2010 - Present)
  • Omnibus Faculty Search Committee Member, Department of Political Science, Stanford University (2010 - 2011)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee Member, Department of Political Science, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Member, Midwest Political Science Association (2002 - Present)
  • Member, American Political Science Association (2000 - Present)
  • Member, Middle East Studies Association (2000 - Present)
  • Member, American Institute for Maghrebi Studies (1998 - Present)

Program Affiliations


  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Political Science (2008)
  • M.A., John Hopkins University, International Economics and Middle Eastern Studies (1998)
  • B.A., John Hopkins University, International Relations (1997)

2017-18 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • State Building in the Middle East ANNUAL REVIEW OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Blaydes, L. 2017; 20: 487-504
  • The Impact of Holy Land Crusades on State Formation: War Mobilization, Trade Integration, and Political Development in Medieval Europe INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Blaydes, L., Paik, C. 2016; 70 (3): 551-586
  • Social Capital and Dispute Resolution in Informal Areas of Cairo and Istanbul STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Belge, C., Blaydes, L. 2014; 49 (4): 448-476
  • How Does Islamist Local Governance Affect the Lives of Women? GOVERNANCE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICY ADMINISTRATION AND INSTITUTIONS Blaydes, L. 2014; 27 (3): 489-509

    View details for DOI 10.1111/gove.12054

    View details for Web of Science ID 000337512600007

  • Religiosity-of-Interviewer Effects: Assessing the Impact of Veiled Enumerators on Survey Response in Egypt POLITICS AND RELIGION Blaydes, L., Gillum, R. M. 2013; 6 (3): 459-482
  • The Feudal Revolution and Europe's Rise: Political Divergence of the Christian West and the Muslim World before 1500 CE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Blaydes, L., Chaney, E. 2013; 107 (1): 16-34
  • Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak's Egypt Blaydes, L. Cambridge University. 2013
  • Elite Competition, Religiosity, and Anti-Americanism in the Islamic World AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Blaydes, L., Linzer, D. A. 2012; 106 (2): 225-243
  • The Autumn of Dictatorship: Fiscal Crisis and Political Change in Egypt under Mubarak (Book Review) PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS Book Review Authored by: Blaydes, L. 2012; 10 (1): 205-206
  • One man, one vote, one time? A model of democratization in the Middle East JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL POLITICS Blaydes, L., Lo, J. 2012; 24 (1): 110-146
  • Comment on Eric Chaney's "Democratic Change in the Arab World, Past and Present" Brookings Papers on Economic Activity Blaydes, L. 2012
  • Counting Calories: Democracy and Distribution in the Developing World INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY Blaydes, L., Kayser, M. A. 2011; 55 (4): 887-908
  • Privatizing Welfare in the Middle East: Kin Mutual Aid Associations in Jordan and Lebanon (Book Review) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Blaydes, L. 2011; 43 (3): 583-585
  • Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak's Egypt Blaydes, L. Cambridge University Press. 2011
  • Anti-Americanism and the American World Order. (Book Review) PUBLIC OPINION QUARTERLY Book Review Authored by: Blaydes, L. 2010; 74 (2): 395-397

    View details for DOI 10.1093/poq/nfq020

    View details for Web of Science ID 000278731600011

  • Spoiling the Peace? Peace Process Exclusivity and Political Violence in North-central Africa Civil Wars Blaydes, L., De Maio, J. 2010; 12 (1)
  • Women's Electoral Participation in Egypt: The Implications of Gender for Voter Recruitment and Mobilization MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL Blaydes, L., El Tarouty, S. 2009; 63 (3): 364-380

    View details for DOI 10.3751/63.3.11

    View details for Web of Science ID 000268419600002

  • The State of Political Competition in Egypt Democracy Review Blaydes, L. 2009
  • THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF WOMEN'S SUPPORT FOR FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAM Annual Meeting of the American-Political-Science-Association Blaydes, L., Linzer, D. A. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 2008: 576-?
  • Ideological reorientation and counterterrorism: Confronting militant Islam in Egypt TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE Blaydes, L., Rubin, L. 2008; 20 (4): 461-479
  • Intraparty Competition and Egypt's National Democratic Party Democracy Review Blaydes, L., El-Tarouty, S. 2008
  • 'Rewarding Impatience' revisited: A response to Goodrich INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Blaydes, L. 2006; 60 (2): 515-525
  • Formal and Informal Political Institutions in Egypt Al-Ahram Blaydes, L. 2005
  • Formal and Informal Political Institutions in Egypt Democracy Review Blaydes, L. 2005
  • Rewarding impatience: A bargaining and enforcement model of OPEC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Blaydes, L. 2004; 58 (2): 213-237