Melani Cammett, PhD, MALD, MA
Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University
Dupee Faculty Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies
Faculty Associate, Population Studies and Training Center
Melani Cammett is Associate Professor of Political Science, the Dupee Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, and a faculty associate at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. Cammett's new book, Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press, forthcoming), explores how politics shape the distribution of welfare goods by ethnic and sectarian organizations, particularly in the context of weak public welfare regimes. The book focuses on Muslim and Christian organizations in Lebanon with short case studies of groups in Iraq and India. An article based on this research won the 2011 Alexander L. George Award of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Section of the American Political Science Association. Her co-edited book manuscript, "The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South," examines the origins, evolution and consequences of non-state welfare provision for state-building and human security in diverse regions.
Cammett’s current research explores governance and the politics of social service provision by Islamists and other public and private actors in the Middle East. Her first book, Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2007), analyzes the impact of globalization on state-business relations in Morocco and Tunisia. Cammett’s articles have appeared in World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Studies in Comparative International Development, Comparative Politics, World Development and other journals and publications. Cammett holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on comparative politics, the political economy of development, research design and Middle East politics.