Dr. Matt Buehler Assistant Professor - Department of Political Science - University of Tennessee
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Dr. Matt Buehler is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee and also a global security fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Dr. Buehler's research area is comparative politics with expertise in the Middle East and North Africa. He has been traveling regularly to the Arab world since 2006, completing over three years of fieldwork and Arabic training in North Africa, Syria, and the Gulf. In 2017, Dr. Buehler served as a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Middle East Initiative in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Previously, he was a fellow at the Center for International and Regional Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Qatar. He is the author of Why Alliances Fail: Islamist and Leftist Coalitions in North Africa (Syracuse University Press, 2018). In Why Alliances Fail, Buehler explores the conditions under which stable, enduring pacts are built to contest authoritarian regimes, marshaling evidence from coalitions between North Africa’s Islamists and leftists. The book draws on nearly two years of Arabic fieldwork interviews, original statistics, and archival research. Interviewees include numerous high-profile Islamist and leftist politicians, notably the first Islamist prime minister in Moroccan history, Abdelilah Benkirane. Buehler’s research interests include democratization, the Arab uprisings, public opinion research, migration, Islamist movements, nuclear nonproliferation, and North African politics. Buehler's research has appeared in generalist political science journals, like Political Research Quarterly, and also journals specialized in Middle East politics. He currently serves as reviews editor on the editorial board of Mediterranean Politics. In 2018 Dr. Buehler received an Early-Career Excellence in Research/Creative Achievement Award from the University of Tennessee, an award given annually to two junior faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Dr. Buehler has launched several new projects that draw upon original public opinion polls, survey experiments, and archive-based data collection in the Middle East and North Africa. One project examines public perceptions of bribery and informal influence in the Moroccan judiciary. Another project uses a survey experiment to evaluate whether Moroccan citizens perceive a hypothetical threat from Israel, Iran, or another Arab state as a stronger impetus for nuclear proliferation and other aggressive nuclear strategies. The third project uses Arabic archival research in Tunisia’s national archives to examine an original dataset on the social backgrounds of over 300 key elite ministers who constituted Tunisian dictators’ internal coalitions of support between decolonization, in 1956, and regime collapse, in 2011. A fourth project deploys an original survey of 2700 Moroccans to examine divergent attitudes of prejudice and tolerance toward Arab and African migrants and refugees who have fled to this country.
Dr. Buehler has been using Arabic professionally since 2009, including in fieldwork interviews and as an English-Arabic translator at Morocco’s second-largest circulating Arabic newspaper, as-Sabah. His formal classroom studies in Arabic extended over six years, including intensive immersion training at the University of Damascus, Syria in 2006-2007. In 2007, 2009, and 2011, he received an advanced-high rating in Modern Standard Arabic from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. He has researched, studied Arabic, and traveled in the following countries of the Middle East: Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
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