Sean L. Yom

Sean YomAssociate Professor

sean.yom@temple.edu
215-204-1163
452 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk

Keywords

Middle East, Arab World, Democracy, Authoritarianism, Regimes, Development, Comparative

Biography

Sean Yom is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University and Senior Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a specialist on regimes and governance in the Middle East, especially in Arab monarchies like Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco. His research engages issues of authoritarian politics, institutional stability, economic development, and historical identity in these countries, as well as their implications for US foreign policy. He travels regularly to the Arab world. He is author of the book From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 8th edition (Westview Press, 2016).

His analytic and field-based work has appeared in numerous outlets, including print journals like Studies in Comparative International Development, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy, Government and Opposition, Middle East Journal, British Journal of Middle East Affairs, Arab Studies Quarterly, and CTC Sentinel. He contributes to online venues such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, Middle East Eye, World Policy Review, World Financial Review, Cairo Review of International Affairs, and LawFare Blog. In the past, he has advised country-level work with international NGOs such as Freedom House and Transparency International, and currently serves as advisory research councilor at the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. Education: A.B., Brown University (2003); A.M. and PhD., Harvard University (2009).

Selected Publications

  • From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015).
  • The Government and Politics of the Middle East (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2016), 8th ed. (Co-edited with Mark Gasiorowski)
  • “Analytic Transparency, Radical Honesty, and Strategic Incentives,” PS: Political Science and Politics (forthcoming).
  • “Jordan and Morocco: The Palace Gambit,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 28, No. 2 (April 2017), pp. 132-146.
  • “Counterterrorism and Youth Radicalization in Jordan: Social and Political Dimensions” (with Katrina Sammour), CTC Sentinel, Vol. 10: No. 4 (April 2017): 25-30.  Translated to Arabic on AlAraby.co.uk.
  • “Understanding the Arab Spring: One Region, Several Puzzles, and Many Explanations,” Government and Opposition, Vol. 50, No. 4 (October 2015), pp. 682-704.
  • “From Methodology to Practice: Inductive Iteration in Comparative Research,” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 48, No. 5 (April 2015), pp. 616-644.
  • “Authoritarian Monarchies as an Epistemic Community: Diffusion, Repression, and Survival during the Arab Spring,” Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol. 10, No. 1 (July 2014), pp. 43-62.
  • “Tribal Politics in Contemporary Jordan: The Case of the Hirak Movement,” The Middle East Journal, Vol. 68, No. 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 229-247.
  • “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 in the Arab World: Critical Views from the Middle East,” Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 9: No. 4 (Winter 2005), pp. 14-33.

Courses Taught

  • Foreign Governments
  • Middle East Politics
  • Democratization around the World

Graduate

  • Comparative Core (graduate)
  • Democracy, Autocracy, and Regime Change (graduate)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (graduate)

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