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.