On Monday, Aug. 25, Assistant Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav was invited to deliver a lecture at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. The talk, titled “The Suppression-Resistance Paradox: Regime, Media and Opposition in Yemen,” was delivered as a part of a day-long conference on current developments in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, and one often viewed as on the edge of political and humanitarian crisis.
The conference drew Yemeni, American and European participants from academic institutions and non-governmental organizations, such as the World Bank, the World Food Program and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Philbrick Yadav conducted ethnographic field research in Yemen in 2004 and 2005 as a research fellow at the American Institute of Yemeni Studies in Sana’a and will return to Yemen this fall while on leave from HWS while a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.
Over this summer, Philbrick Yadav was a faculty affiliate at the Center for Arab and Middle East Studies at the American University of Beirut, conducting research for a book project comparing the impact of Islamist participation in electoral politics in Lebanon and Yemen. She will be working on a book manuscript in the fall while on leave from HWS.
Joining the faculty in 2007, Philbrick Yadav received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from Smith College. She also received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation was titled “Islamist Parliamentary Practice and the Remaking of Democracy: Hizballah and Islah in Comparative Perspective.” A Dissertation Fellow with the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, she has teaching experience as a visiting instructor at Mount Holyoke College and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Assistant Professor Philbrick-Yadav also lived and worked in Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen from 2003-2006 studying the impact of Islamist participation in the reconfiguring of national politics in Lebanon and Yemen.