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Amaney Jamal, PhD

Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Co-founder and Principal Investigator, Arab Barometer

Areas of Expertise: Public opinion, democratization, civic engagement in the Arab world, international relations, women and gender, electoral behavior, governance, immigrants, and religion and politics.

Available for Interviews in: English and Arabic

Amaney Jamal is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. She is also a co-founder and principal investigator at the Arab Barometer.

As Director of The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, Professor Jamal leads a collaboration with the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, which provides opportunities for faculty and graduate exchanges and research on the roles of social justice and political life in the Arab World. Jamal also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. She currently is President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). She is a senior advisor on the Pew Research Center projects focusing on Islam in America (2006), Global Islam (2010), and Islam in America (2017).

The focus of her current research is democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab world. Her interests also include the study of Muslim and Arab Americans and the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the United States. Jamal’s books include: Barriers to Democracy (2007), which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world (winner of the 2008 APSA Best Book Award in comparative democratization).

Articles, Publications, Appearances:

Youth in MENA: Findings from the Fifth Wave of the Arab Barometer

Key Findings: Youth economic frustration across MENA is increasing. Youth have little trust in governments, which are widely viewed as being corrupt, leading to a potential crisis of legitimacy in the region. However, views of youth differ relatively little from older generations in this regard. Youth are more likely to want to emigrate and to participate in informal politics. Arab…