Tarek Masoud

Sultan of Oman Associate Professor of International Relations
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
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Tarek Masoud


Tarek Masoud is the Sultan of OmanAssociate Professor of International Relations at HarvardUniversity's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His researchfocuses on the role of religion in the Muslim world's politicaldevelopment. He is the author of Counting Islam: Religion,Class, and Elections in Egypt (Cambridge University Press,2014), the co-author of The Arab Spring: Pathways ofRepression and Reform (Oxford University Press, 2015), as wellas of several articles and book chapters. He is a 2009 CarnegieScholar, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, amember of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy,and the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundationand the Paul and Daisy Soros foundation, among others. He holds anAB from Brown and a Ph.D from Yale, both in political science.



  • DPI-440 Middle Eastern Politics and Policy


  • DPI-101-I Political Institutions and Public Policy: Comparative Politics for International and Global Affairs

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Has The Door Closed on Arab Democracy?" Journal of Democracy 26.1 (January 2015): 74-87.
  • Books
    • Masoud, Tarek. Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt. Cambridge University Press, June 2014.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Kalyvas, Stathis N., Ian Shapiro and Tarek Masoud., eds. Order, Conflict, and Violence. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Arabs Want Redistribution, So Why Don’t They Vote Left? Theory and Evidence from Egypt." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-007, April 2013.

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