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Nathan J. Brown

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Suite 512
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-2123
Fax: 202-994-5477

Areas of Expertise

Government and politics of the Middle East, democratization and constitutionalism, rule of law in the Arab world


On Sabbatical, 2014–15 Academic Year

Nathan Brown received his B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. in politics and Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, as well as more general courses on comparative politics and international relations. His dissertation received the Malcolm Kerr award from the Middle East Studies Association in 1987.

Dr. Brown is the recipient of Fulbright grants to study in Egypt and the Gulf and teach in Israel. He also served two years as Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Professor Brown was recently selected as a 2009 Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Under this grant, Professor Brown will analyze the impacts of increased participation by Islamist groups in electoral politics on both the movements themselves and the political systems in which they operate.


Ph.D., Princeton University


Classes Taught

  • PSC 2334 Global Perpsectives on Democracy
  • PSC 2377 Compartive Politics of the Middle East
  • PSC 6377 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • PSC 8334 Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective