Shana R. Marshall

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Associate Director, Institute for Middle East Studies; Assistant Research Instructor
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Faculty biography

Areas of Expertise

Middle East Political Economy, Global Weapons Trade, Corruption

Shana Marshall is Associate Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and Assistant Research Professor. Her dissertation, “The New Politics of Patronage: The Arms Trade and Clientelism in the Arab World” examined how Middle East governments use arms sales agreements to channel financial resources and economic privileges to pro-regime elites. Prior to GW, Dr. Marshall was a fellow at The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Her current research focuses on patterns of military entrepreneurship in Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE.

Current Research

Dr. Marshall's current research explores questions relating to how transnational economic interests shape regional politics, including how Western public relations firms market nation-branding and strategic communications campaigns to Middle Eastern Governments, and how FDI and other official investment channels influence the distribution of economic and political power within Arab States.


Ph.D., University of Maryland


“Jordan’s Military-Industrial Sector: Maintaining Institutional Prestige in the Era of Neoliberalism.” In Grawert, Elke and Zeinab Abul-Magd (eds) April 2016. Businessmen in Arms. How the Military and Other Armed Groups Profit in the MENA Region. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

“Indigenous Military Production in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and the Rise of Gulf Military Activism,” September 2016. In Armies and Insurgencies in the Arab Spring. Holger Albrecht, Aurel Croissant, and Fred Lawson (eds.). University of Pennsylvania Press.

“The Egyptian Armed Forces and the Re-Making of an Economic Empire,” 15 April 2015. Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“Partners in Profiteering: Defense Firms and Diplomats in Post-Revolutionary Egypt.” 24 July 2013. Jadaliyya

“Cashing in After the Coup: US Military Aid to Egypt and Defense Industry Profits.” 17 July 2013. The Middle East Channel,

“Jordan’s Military-Industrial Complex and the Middle East’s New Model Army.” June 2013. The Middle East Report. 43(267): 42-45.

“The New Politics of Patronage: The Arms Trade and Clientelism in the Arab World.” 8 November 2012. Crown Center Working Paper, No. 4. Brandeis University.

“Why the U.S. won’t cut military aid to Egypt.” 29 February 2012. The Middle East Channel,

“Egypt’s Generals and Transnational Capital.” Co-authored with Joshua Stacher. Spring 2012. The Middle East Report. 42(262): 12-18.

“Egypt’s Other Revolution: Modernizing the Military-Industrial Complex.” 10 February 2012. Jadaliyya

“The Modernization of Bribery: The Arms Trade in the Arab Gulf.” 23 December 2010. Jadaliyya.

“Money for Nothing? Offsets in the US-Middle East Defense Trade.” November 2009. International Journal of Middle East Studies. 41(4): 51-53.

Classes Taught

PSC 6377 Comparative Politics of the Middle East