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 is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (Cambridge, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge, 2008). His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Middle Eastern Law and Governance, the Washington Quarterly, and Foreign Policy, among others.

Masoud is the recipient of 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. "The Road to (and from) Liberation Square." Journal of Democracy 22.3 (July 2011): 20-34.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Islamist Parties: Are They Democrats? Does It Matter?" Journal of Democracy 19.3 (July 2008): 19-24.
  • Book Chapters
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Egypt." The Middle East. Ed. Ellen Lust. CQ Press, 2010.
  • Commentary
    • Dobson, William J., and Tarek Masoud. "Egypt’s Reluctant Rulers." Slate, July 4, 2013.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "The Egyptian Liberals' Soft Defeat." Foreign Policy, December 18, 2012.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Don't Blame Muslim Brotherhood for Morsy Power Grab." CNN.com, November 27, 2012.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "The Tyrant’s Brutal Legacy." Newsweek, June 25, 2012.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "U.S. Must Back Democracy in Egypt Regardless." Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2011.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "An Exit Plan for Mubarak." New York Times, February 3, 2011.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Is Gamal Mubarak the Best Bope for Egyptian Democracy?" ForeignPolicy.com, September 20, 2010.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "The Egyptian Enigma: ElBaradei Needs to Stop Playing Coy." International Newsweek, May 14, 2010.
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Busting Down Stereotypes In Cairo." CBSNews.com, June 5, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Masoud, Tarek, and Wael Nawara. "Will Egypt’s Liberals Ever Win?" Slate. December 4, 2012.
  • Public Testimony
    • Masoud, Tarek. Testimony to the House Intelligence Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives, April 14, 2011.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Why Do Important Social Movements Run in Rigged Elections for Seats in Rubber-stamp Legislatures?" Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November 22, 2008.
  • Reviews
    • Masoud, Tarek. "Varieties of Wahhabism." Review of Contesting the Saudi State, by Madawi al-Rasheed. Middle East Law and Governance, 2.1, 2010: 106-112.

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