Nathan J. Brown



Website updated 7 August 2015

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

The George Washington University


Director, Institute for Middle East Studies


Nonresident Senior Associate

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Carnegie web page for Nathan Brown available here



Curriculum vitae



Ph. D., Politics, Princeton University, 1987

Center for Arabic Studies Abroad, Cairo, 1983-4

M.A., Politics, Princeton University, 1983

B.A., University of Chicago, 1980


 E-mail: nbrown at

 Recent teaching



Graduate Seminar, Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective spring 2014

Graduate Seminar, Religion and Society in the Middle East, spring 2014

Undergraduate class, Comparative Politics of the Middle East fall 2013

Graduate seminar, Comparative Politics of the Middle East, fall 2013

Undergraduate class, Democracy and Democratization in Global Perspective spring 2011 


Selected interviews, testimony, and major op-eds available on the web



Videos, podcasts, and audio interviews available on the web



Recent Research






Constitutionalism, the rule of law & the politics of administration in Egypt & Iran.  (edited book manuscript with Said Arjomand; SUNY Press, 2012).

When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics, to be published by Cornell University Press, January 2012 (Arabic edition published December 2011).

The Dynamics of Democratization: Dictatorship, Development, and Diffusion (edited book, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)

Between Religion and Politics (with Amr Hamzawy; Carnegie Endowment, 2010)

The Struggle over Democratization in the Middle East (edited with Emad Eldin Shahin; Routledge, 2009)

Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Palestine (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003)

 Constitutions in a Nonconstitutional World: Arab Basic Laws & the Prospects for Accountable Government   (SUNY Press, 2001)

 The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Gulf  (Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Peasant Politics in Modern Egypt (Yale University Press, 1990)



Work on Palestinian politics available on the web



Work on Egyptian politics available on the web





Work on Arab legal systems available on the web