Laurie Brand

Expert in the politics and culture of the Middle East
  • Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies
  • Director, Middle East Studies Program
  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Office: (213) 740-3651


  • Middle East political economy
  • Palestinian affairs
  • inter-Arab politics
  • "Arab spring"
  • ethnic conflict in the Middle East
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • North Africa
  • immigration, migration and refugees in the Middle East
  • Academic freedom
  • Arabic language study


  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Additional Information

  • Author, Official Stories: The Politics of National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (2014), Citizens Abroad: Emigration and the State: the Middle East and North Africa (2006), Women, the State and Political Liberalization: Middle Eastern and North African Experiences (1998), Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making (1995) and Palestinians in the Arab World: Institution Building and the Search for State (1988)
  • Chair, Middle East Studies Association, Committee on Academic Freedom, 2006 to the present
  • Past President, Middle East Studies Association (2004)
  • Recipient, Associates Award (2002)