Sean L. Yom

Sean YomAssistant Professor
452 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk


Comparative, Middle East, Democracy, Authoritarianism, Development


Sean L. Yom is Assistant Professor of Political Science. His research broadly focuses on authoritarianism, democracy, and development in the Middle East and North Africa. He as published widely on post-colonial state formation, the dynamics of regime durability, and strategic implications for US foreign policy. He travels frequently to the Arab world, especially Morocco and Jordan. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard.

Selected Publications

  • From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015).
  • Co-editor (with Mark Gasiorowski), The Government and Politics of the Middle East (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2016), 8th ed.
  • “Understanding the Arab Spring: One Region, Several Puzzles, and Many Explanations,” Government and Opposition, Vol. 51, No. 1 (2016), forthcoming.
  • “The New Landscape of Jordanian Politics: Social Opposition, Fiscal Crisis, and the Arab Spring,” British Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 42, No. 3 (Spring 2015), pp. 284-300.
  • “From Methodology to Practice: Inductive Iteration in Comparative Research,” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 48, No. 5 (April 2015), pp. 616-644.
  • “Tribal Politics in Contemporary Jordan: The Case of the Hirak Movement,” The Middle East Journal, Vol. 68, No. 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 229-247.
  • “Authoritarian Monarchies as an Epistemic Community: Diffusion, Repression, and Survival during the Arab Spring,” Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Summer 2014), pp. 43-62.
  • “Jordan: The Ruse of Reform,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 24, No. 3 (July 2013), pp. 127-139. Reprinted in Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World, eds. Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), pp. 351-363.
  • “Resilient Royals: How Arab Monarchies Hang On,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 23: No. 3 (October 2012), pp. 74-88. (with secondary author, F. Gregory Gause) Reprinted in Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World, eds. Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), pp. 112-127.
  • “Oil, Coalitions, and Regime Durability: The Origins and Persistence of Popular Rentierism in Kuwait,” Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. 46: No. 2 (June 2011), pp. 217-241.
  • “Jordan: Ten More Years of Autocracy,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 20: No. 4 (October 2009), pp. 151-166.
  • “The International Dimensions of Authoritarian Regime Stability: Jordan in the Post-Cold War Era” (with Mohammad al-Momani), Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 30: No. 1 (Winter 2007-8), pp. 39-60.
  • “Civil Society and Democratization: Critical Views from the Middle East,” Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 9: No. 4 (Winter 2005), pp. 14-33.
  • “The Endurance of Autocracy: Explaining Stable Authoritarianism in Arab States,” Global Development Studies, Vol. 3: Nos. 3-4 (Spring 2004), pp. 23-56.
  • “Islam and Globalization: Secularism, Religion, and Radicalism,” Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, Vol. 5: No. 4 (Autumn 2002), pp. 84-109. Reprinted in Challenges of Globalization: New Trends in International Politics and Society, eds. Alfred Pfaller and Marika Lerch (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2005).

Courses Taught

  • PS1201/1901 (Foreign Governments)
  • PS3241 (Middle East Politics)
  • Various undergraduate capstone and honors seminars
  • PS8240 (Democracy, Autocracy, and Regime Change)
  • PS8201 (Comparative Core)

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