Lisa Blaydes is a National Fellow 2012-13 at the Hoover Institution.

Lisa Blaydes


Lisa Blaydes is an assistant professor in the political science department at Stanford who specializes in comparative politics and politics of the Middle East. She is the author of Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak’s Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Her articles have appeared in theAmerican Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Middle East Journal, and World Politics. She holds degrees in international relations (BA, MA) from Johns Hopkins University and in political science (PhD) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Blaydes received the 2009 Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation in the field of comparative politics from the American Political Science Association. She has also been an academy scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

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Challenges to Stability in Egypt

by Lisa Blaydesvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 22, 2019

The last ten years have seen forms of political disruption within Egypt that were virtually unimaginable a decade ago—from the 2011 protest uprisings; the 2012 election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi to the Egyptian presidency; the 2013 coup d’état which unseated Morsi; and the 2014 formal assumption of power by current Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt has witnessed a period of staggering political change. Few analysts would disagree with the statement that demographic circumstances and technological developments played a crucial role in sparking and sustaining the popular movement that set this chain of events into motion.

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Saddam’s Realm of Secrets

by Melissa De Witte interview with Lisa Blaydesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Stanford scholar Lisa Blaydes used the Hoover Archives to examine the way ordinary Iraqis resisted the regime with an unusual weapon: rumors.