Matt Buehler                                                                 Assistant Professor - Department of Political Science - University of Tennessee



Research Interests


Middle East Politics, Political Islam, Political Economy, Political Parties, Authoritarianism & Democratization





Ahlan wa Sahlan & Greetings!  I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University

of Tennessee, where I research and teach politics of the Middle East and North Africa.  In 2013-14, I will serve as a

post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar, where I am completing a book manuscript that examines the success and failure of opposition alliances between Islamists and leftists in the Arab Spring, specifically in the countries of Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauritania.


Between November 2010 and March 2012, I conducted 15 months of fieldwork.  I completed over 100 interviews in Arabic, including 16 with former or current government ministers.  These interviews included current Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, the first Islamist head of state in that country's history.


To support of my book's argument, I have constructed an original dataset of previously unreleased candidate-level statistics that links opposition coordination failure between political parties to regime co-optation.


I served as an election observer with the Carter Center for the 2011 Tunisian elections, which formed an assembly to write the country's post-revolution constitution.  I was also a Clinton Scholar at the American University of Dubai, United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf through a program financed by the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Foundation.


My studies in Arabic have extended over six years, including intensive training at the University of Damascus, Syria in 2006-2007.  In 2007, 2009, and 2011, I received an advanced-high rating in Modern Standard Arabic from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.


I have researched, studied Arabic, and traveled in the following countries of the Middle East: Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.


My dissertation research has been supported by the Boren Graduate Fellowship, American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the Project on Middle East Political Science, and the University of Texas-Austin.



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