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Philbrick Yadav to Deliver Kinghorn Lecture

As part of her appointment as the 2018-19 John R. and Florence B. Kinghorn Global Fellowship, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav will deliver this year’s Kinghorn lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Philbrick Yadav, who was selected for her outstanding scholarship and public engagement on the complex politics of the Middle East, will begin the talk, “Voice and Accountability in the Context of Global Citizenship,” at 4:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

An expert in Middle East politics with a particular focus on Yemen, Philbrick Yadav is a member of the executive committee of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies and has been writing about Yemen’s opposition politics for more than a decade. Since Yemen’s uprising in 2011, Philbrick Yadav has published a book exploring the dynamics of Islamist activism and alliance building, and articles in several academic journals, including The International Journal of Middle East Studies and Middle East Report.

Established in 1970 and generously endowed by Dr. and Mrs. William Reckmeyer in honor of John Readie and Florence B. Kinghorn, the fellowship honors outstanding faculty at HWS who have exemplified global citizenship on a continued basis.

Hobart Dean Khuram Hussain, who nominated Philbrick Yadav for the fellowship, says, “Stacey’s public lectures contribute to a deeper understanding of the complex and shifting relationships between non-Islamist and Islamist organizations in a way that brings light to highly obscured and simplified political communities. Our campus and community are better for her work and her contribution to public discourse at the Colleges are illuminating and necessary.”

Read more about the Kinghorn Fellowship and previous fellows.

In 2017, Philbrick Yadav was elected to the Project on Middle East Political Science steering committee and coedited the January 2018 POMEPS report on Politics, Governance, and Reconstruction in Yemen. She has appeared recently on the BBC and CNN, analyzing developments in the civil war in Yemen. She was named a 2019-20 non-resident fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, which recently published her analysis “Fragmentation and Localization in Yemen’s War: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace.”

A member of the HWS faculty since 2007, Philbrick Yadav earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from Smith College.

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