I’m Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. I hold a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
My new book project – Toleration – explores how people live together after ethnoreligious violence, with evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland. More generally, my work focuses on identity politics and conflict, development, governance and service provision, and the politics of authoritarianism in the Middle East and other regions. Most of my work has an empirical focus in the Middle East, although I work in other places as well.
The Oxford Handbook on Politics in Muslim Societies, which I co-edited with Pauline Jones, will be released soon. In 2015, I co-authored a new version of A Political Economy of the Middle East (with Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards and John Waterbury), and am currently working on a new, thoroughly revamped version of the book with Ishac Diwan and Steven Heydemann. My book Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2014) explores how politics shape the distribution of welfare goods by ethnic and religious groups, in turn reshaping or reinforcing sectarianism in my book. This book won the 2015 American Political Science Association (APSA) Giovanni Sartori Book Award and the Honorable Mention for the 2015 APSA Gregory Luebbert Book Award, and an article based on the book won the 2011 APSA Alexander L. George Award. A volume I co-edited with Lauren Morris MacLean, The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare (Cornell University Press, 2014), focuses on the political consequences of non-state social welfare and received the Honorable Mention for the 2015 Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). My first book, Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2007, 2010), examines how global economic integration affects state-business relations and industrial development in developing countries, focusing on Morocco and Tunisia.