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Lindsay Benstead

Lindsay Benstead

Office: URBN 650G
Phone: 503.725.8278

Lindsay J. Benstead is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, where she teaches courses on Middle East and North African politics and research methods. Her research focuses on identity politics (e.g., gender, religion, tribe), clientelism, public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East and North Africa. Benstead has conducted nationally-representative surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia (with Ellen Lust), Libya (with Ellen Lust and Jakob Wichmann), and Jordan (with Kristen Kao, Ellen Lust, and Jakob Wichmann) independently and as part of the Transitional Governance Project ( and the Program on Governance and Local Development, Yale University ( She is a Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, where she blogs on women and politics. Benstead’s research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Politics & Religion, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Democratization, and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science and a M.A.E. in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Graduate Courses:

  • PS 507/607, "Politics and Policy of the Middle East"
  • PS 495/595, "Research Methods for Political Science"
  • PS 407U/507U, "Government and Politics of Arab North Africa"

Undergraduate Courses:

  •  PS 361U, "Introduction to Middle East Politics"
  •  PS 362U, "Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Peace Process"
  •  UNST 233/INTL 247, "Sophomore Inquiry: Global Perspectives Middle East"

The 2012 Tunisian Post-Election Survey

Ellen Lust, Dhafer Malouche and I presented findings from the Tunisian Post-Election Survey on December 11, 2012 at a media launch in Tunis. A report on the initial findings of the survey is available in English and Arabic. Dhafer Malouche presented survey findings and I discussed questions to ask when evaluating surveys and polls. We discussed the survey on Radio Tunisia and in an articles on the Middle East Channel and Yale Global.