Tarek Masoud

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
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Tarek Masoud


Tarek Masoud is an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. A political scientist and Middle East specialist, his research focuses on the role of religion in the Muslim world's political development. He is the author of Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and the co-author, with Jason Brownlee and Andrew Reynolds, of The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (Oxford University Press, 2015). Masoud has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation. He holds an AB 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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