Lindsay Benstead

Lindsay Benstead

Office: URBN 650G
Phone: 503.725.8278

Lindsay J. Benstead is a 2018-2019 resident fellow in the Middle East Program and the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. She is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and Interim Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at Portland State University. She is an Affiliated Scholar in the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg and Yale University, Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University, and Research Fellow in the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. She served as Kuwait Visiting Professor at SciencesPo in Paris (fall 2016). Benstead has conducted surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Jordan and contributes to the Transitional Governance Project. Her research on women and politics, public opinion, and survey methodology has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Governance, and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and served as a doctoral fellow at Yale University and a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University. For more see link to Lindsay Benstead Research.

Graduate Courses:

  • PS 507/607, "Politics and Policy of the Middle East"
  • PS 495/595, "Research Methods for Political Science" (Online and hybrid)
  • PS 473/573, "Government and Politics of Arab North Africa"
  • PS 410/510, "Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa"

Undergraduate Courses:

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