SeanYom
Welcome! I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. I specialize on regimes and governance in the Middle East and North Africa, especially in Arab monarchies like Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco. My academic research addresses topics of authoritarian politics, economic development, democratic reforms, institutional stability, and historical identity in these countries, as well as their implications for US foreign policy. Along these lines, I have also undertaken advisory work with the World Bank, law firms, and sovereign principals in the MENA region.

My current research interests explore the international dimensions of authoritarian rule within and beyond the Middle East, emphasizing questions of foreign pressure, state repression, and regional identity. This builds upon my longstanding concern for the future of Mideast monarchism, such as this recent article for the Journal of Democracy. I have also engaged the methodological problem of transparency in the social sciences, with this recent essay on “radical honesty” for PS: Political Science and Politics questioning why political scientists invent wild fictions when they write about the research process.

Occasionally, I also analyze breaking developments in the Arab world for popular outlets like Foreign Policy and industry venues like Oxford Analytica.