SeanYom
Welcome! I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. I specialize in the comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). My academic research addresses democracy, dictatorship, political regimes, and US foreign policy. Advancing beyond foundational work on authoritarian durability in the MENA, my current research entails the history and politics of Jordan, the ideational origins of Gulf foreign policymaking, and innovative forms of autocratic repression across the world.

I am also engaged in educational and disciplinary issues. Over the past year, I created and updated an ambitious duo of new regional textbooks — Societies of the MENA and Government/Politics of the MENA — while also serving as my department’s Undergraduate Chair. Within political science, I remain 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 7.30.19