Our Experts

MaryClare Roche, PhD

Senior Research Specialist, Arab Barometer

Areas of Expertise: Power sharing institutions, Autocracy, Democratization, Econometrics, Arabic Natural Language Processing, Game Theory, Morocco

Available for Interviews in: English

MaryClare Roche joined the Arab Barometer as a Senior Research Specialist in August 2020. She researches how best to recover public opinion from web sources and develops best practices for incorporating the web in survey dissemination. In partnership with the rest of the team, she is also responsible for data processing and management, statistical analysis, and dissemination of study findings. MaryClare received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in April 2020 where she specialized in comparative politics, political methodology, and formal theory. Her dissertation primarily focused on legislative politics in Morocco.

More violence, less income: Arab women bear the brunt of COVID-19, study finds

A new survey by Arab Barometer adds numbers to the narrative that COVID has led to a harsher reality for women in the Middle East and North Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned Heba Mordaa’s life upside down. “Ever since the lockdowns started in March 2020, my work has been deteriorating,” the 29-year-old manicurist and mother of three in Beirut says. “At first,…

Women and COVID-19 in MENA

Key Findings: Women more concerned about COVID-19 than men COVID-19 increased family stress Perceptions of gender based violence tended to decrease during the pandemic Structural barriers to work more pressing than cultural barriers