One World Lecture Series: Prof. Elizabeth Nugent (NWL)

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SUMMARY STATEMENT: The legacies of repression in Egypt and Tunisia contributed to developments in each country after the 2011 'Arab Spring' uprisings. This lecture will dissect the ways in which repression affects groups psychologically, and during moments during possible democratic transitions.  In Tunisia, political actors faced widespread repression under long-serving authoritarian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali (1987-2010), and this facilitated cooperation and compromise after Ben Ali's fall. Meanwhile in Egypt, targeted repression against the Muslim Brotherhood under authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011) created a polarized atmosphere, undermining the cooperative behavior necessary for political reform. 


Elizabeth R. Nugent is assistant professor of political science at Yale University. Her research explores the political psychology of religion and repression in the Middle East, and has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Political Science Research and Methods. Dr. Nugent received her doctorate in politics from Princeton University with a specialization in comparative politics and a focus on the Middle East in June 2017. During AY2017-2018, she was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She also holds a B.A. in Arabic and an M.A. in Arab Studies, both from Georgetown University. She served as an AY2007-2008 Fulbright Fellow in Cairo, Egypt and has conducted fieldwork for a variety of projects in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.

SUPPORT: This series is made possible with a grant from the Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Foundation, administered by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

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     "The Politics of Repression in the Middle East"
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PARKING: There is ample library parking in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bypass the garage payment kiosks and come directly to the lecture in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, where you may validate your parking with your license plate number.