SeanYom
Welcome! I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. I am also the Undergraduate Chair of Political Science. I specialize in the comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East and North Africa, where I research democracy, dictatorship, and US foreign policy.

Advancing early work on authoritarian regime durability, my current research in the MENA is eclectic. I remain focused on the politics of Jordan, as reflected in forthcoming studies, but also work on Kuwait and the Gulf. Beyond this, recent papers publicly presented or under review explore Arab youth activism, the limits of American hegemony, and new forms of autocratic repression. 

I am also engaged in educational and disciplinary issues. Over the past year, I engineered an ambitious duo of textbooks — Societies of the MENA and Government/Politics of the MENA. I am also interested in the methodological problem of transparency, as in this essay on “radical honesty” for PS: Political Science and Politics.

I occasionally analyze breaking developments in the Arab world for popular outlets like the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, and industry venues like Oxford Analytica. I have also undertaken advisory work with sovereign principals and the World Bank.

updated 10.15.19