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

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Matt Buehler

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Middle East Initiative

(503) 341-4871 • matthew_buehler@hks.harvard.edu

www.buehlermatt.com

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1/17 - present        Research Fellow, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government,

                                   Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Middle East Initiative

 

3/16 - present       Reviews Editor & Editorial Board Member, Mediterranean Politics

 

8/15 - present       Global Security Fellow, Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy,

                                   University of Tennessee

 

8/14 - present       Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee

 

8/13 - 8/14              Post-doctoral Fellow, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in

                                   Qatar, Center for International & Regional Studies

 

EDUCATION

 

University of Texas at Austin, 2013 - Ph.D., Government, Department of Government

Fields: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies

 

University of Texas at Austin, 2009 - M.A., Government, Department of Government

 

University of Damascus, Syria, 2007 – Certificate, Advanced-High Proficiency in Arabic, Center for Teaching Arabic to Foreigners

 

Willamette University, 2006 cum laude

 

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

 

Why Alliances Fail: Opposition Coalitions between Islamists and Leftists in North Africa.  Syracuse University Press, Middle East politics academic book series.  Submitted to press for peer review.

 

Matt Buehler. “The Autocrat’s Advisors: Home Region Elites and Ruling Coalitions in Tunisia’s

Authoritarian Regime.” (with Mehdi Ayari). Revise & Resubmit at Political Research Quarterly.

 

Matt Buehler. “Do You Have ‘Connections’ at the Courthouse? An Original Survey on Informal Influence and Judicial Rulings in Morocco.” Political Research Quarterly. 2016

 

Matt Buehler.  “Continuity through Co-optation: Rural Politics and Regime Resilience in Morocco and Mauritania.” Mediterranean Politics 2015.

 

Matt Buehler.  “Labor Demands, Regime Concessions: Moroccan Unions and the Arab Uprisings,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 42:1. 2015.

 

Matt Buehler.  “The Threat to ‘Un-Moderate’: Moroccan Islamists and the Arab Spring, Middle East Law and Governance 5:1. 2013.

 

Matt Buehler.  “Safety-Valve Elections in the Arab Spring: The Weakening (and Resurgence) of Morocco’s Islamist Opposition Party,” Terrorism and Political Violence, 25:1. 2013.

 

Review Articles:

 

Matt Buehler. “Ruptures, Reconfigurations, and Revolutions: Political Change in North Africa after the

Arab Uprisings.” Mediterranean Politics. 2017.

 

"International Politics and the Arab Uprisings: Survey of Recent Works." Perspectives on Politics. 2016.

 

Book Chapters:

 

Matt Buehler. “Regime Resilience and the Arab Uprisings.” Handbook of Mediterranean Politics (eds.

Richard Gillespie and Frederic Volpi). (with Amnah Ibraheem). 2017.

 

Mauritania’s Uprisings and Aftermath in Social, Economic, and Political Dynamics in the Maghreb After

the Arab Spring (ed. Stephen King, Georgetown University). (with Mehdi Ayari). 2016. Under review.

 

Book Reviews:

 

Matt Buehler review of: Laleh Khalili and Jillian Schwedler, Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion, Terrorism and Political Violence. 2015

 

Matt Buehler review of: Lise Storm, Party Politics and the Prospects for Democratization in North Africa, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 2015.

 

Matt Buehler review of: Lise Storm, Party Politics and the Prospects for Democratization in North Africa, Middle East Journal. 2014.

 

Matt Buehler review of: Lelia Piran, Institutional Change in Turkey: The Impact of European Union

Refomrs on Human Rights and Policing, Turkish Studies. 2014.

 

Research in Progress:

 

Matt Buehler. “Threat Perceptions and Public Support for Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East:

Results from an Original Survey Experiment in Morocco." (Curtis Bell). Working paper.

 

Matt Buehler. “Judges, Bribes, and Verdicts: An Original Survey on Citizen Perceptions of Judicial

 Bribery in the Middle East." Working paper.

 

Matt Buehler. “Public Support for Nuclear Energy as a Prerequisite to Nuclear Weaponization: Results

from an Original Poll in Morocco.” (with Amnah Ibraheem). Preliminary, data collection complete.

 

Matt Buehler. “Entrusting Elites: Who do Autocrats Make Security Ministers and Why?” (with Mehdi

Ayari). Preliminary, data collection complete.

 

Matt Buehler. “Refugees and Racism: An Original Survey on Attitudes of Prejudice toward Arab and

Black African Refugees in Morocco.”2016. (Kyung Joon Han). Grant monies fundraised.

 

GRANTS

 

“University Engagement for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safeguards Courses at the University of Tennessee.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Department of Energy. (with Brandon Prins). Grant received.

 

University of Tennessee, Scholarly Research and Incentive Funds-Summer Graduate Research

Assistanship Fund, “(Mis)managing Authoritarian Coalitions in Tunisia: Minister Survival from Colonial Independence to Democratic Revolution.” 2014. Grant received.

 

Exploring Citizen Attitudes toward the Weaponization of Peaceful Nuclear Technology in the Middle East

and North Africa (MENA). University of Tennessee, Institute for Nuclear Security. Grant received.

 

“Refugees and Racism: An Original Survey on Attitudes of Prejudice toward Arab and Black African

Refugees in Morocco.” Georgetown University-Qatar, Center for International and Regional Studies (with

Kyung Joon Han). Unsuccessful.

 

National Science Foundation. “Who Supports Authoritarianism? Individual Insecurity and Democratic Rollback in the Middle East.” (with Jason Brownlee, University of Texas and Steven Brooke, University of Louisville). Unsuccessful.

 

“Modeling the Behavior and Geography of Violent Non-State Groups using Arabic, Turkish, and Hindi

Sources.” Minerva Research Initiative. (for archival research at U.S. Library of Congress). (with Brandon

Prins, Krista Wiegand, and Hyun Kim). Unsuccessful.

 

Qatar National Research Fund. “Healthcare for All Gulf Citizens? Geospatial Mapping of Hospital Accessibility in Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States.” 2013. Unsuccessful.

 

Project for Middle East Political Science, Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University, 2012. Successful.

 

American Institute for Maghrib Studies, fellowship, Mauritania fieldwork, 2012. Successful.

 

Jimmy Carter Center, “Elections Monitor for the 2011 Tunisian Constituent Assembly Elections.” 2011.

Successful.

 

U.S. Institute of International Education, Boren Fellowship – Morocco & Tunisia fieldwork, 2010 - 2011. Successful.

 

University of Texas, Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS), “Doctoral-level Arabic literature, culture,

and politics courses.” 2006-2007.  Successful.

 

U.S. Institute of International Education, intensive Arabic, Boren Scholar – Damascus, Syria, 2006 – 2007. Successful.

 

SKILLS

 

Languages:

 

Modern Standard Arabic, Fluent - reading, writing, speaking

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, advanced-high certificate

 

French, Advanced – reading, speaking

 

Fieldwork and language training in the Middle East:

Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania (Summer 2009; November 2010 - March 2012 for main book fieldwork;

shorter trips in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 for book research and polling research)

Qatar (August 2013 - July 2014 for post-doctoral fellowship)

Syria (August 2006 - October 2007) (Arabic study)

United Arab Emirates (May 2006 - August 2006) (Arabic study)

Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Turkey (travel)

 

Methods training:

 

Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute, New York University-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 

Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Syracuse University, New York

 

University of Texas Summer Statistics Institute

 

PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCES

 

“Opening the Black-Box of Authoritarian Coalitions: Minister Retention and the Internal Politics of

Tunisia’s Autocratic Ruling Elite.” University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, 2016. (invited).

 

“Verdicts, Bribes, Judges: An Original Survey on Citizen Perceptions of Bribe-Paying and Judicial

Rulings.” Middle Eastern Studies Association. Boston. 2016.

 

“Do You Have “Connections” at the Courthouse? An Original Survey of Citizen Perceptions of Wasta and Judicial Decision-Making in Morocco.” Southern Political Science Association Conference. Puerto Rico, 2016.

 

“Opening the Black-Box of Authoritarian Coalitions: Minister Retention and the Internal Politics of Tunisia’s Autocratic Ruling Elite.” Southeastern Regional and Islamic Studies Seminar. Boone, North Carolina, 2016.

 

“Do You Have “Connections” at the Courthouse? An Original Survey of Citizen Perceptions of Wasta and Judicial Decision-Making in Morocco.” Alumni Conference, Winter Experiments Institute in the Social Sciences, New York University-Princeton organized workshop, New York University-Florence, Italy, 2015.

 

“Do You Have “Connections” at the Courthouse? An Original Survey of Citizen Perceptions of Wasta and Judicial Decision-Making in Morocco.” Panel on Survey Based Population Experiments in the Middle East. Middle East Studies Association, Denver, November 2015 (panel organizer).

 

“Do You Have “Connections” at the Courthouse? An Original Survey of Citizen Perceptions of Wasta and Judicial Decision-Making in Morocco.” Panel on Survey Based Population Experiments in the Middle East. 2015 American Political Science Association, San Francisco, August 2015 (panel organizer).

 

“Continuity through Co-optation in Morocco and Mauritania,” Project on Middle East Political Science, May 2015.

 

“Book Introduction: Why Alliances Fail,” Middle East Studies Association, November 2014.

 

“Co-optation of Morocco’s Socialist Party,” Southeastern Regional Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Seminar, February 2014.

 

“Co-optation of Morocco’s Socialist Party,” American Political Science Association Conference, August 2014.

 

“Continuity through Co-optation in Morocco and Mauritania,” Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University-Qatar, February 2014.

 

“Continuity through Co-optation in Morocco and Mauritania,” American Political Science Association Conference, September 2013.

 

“Elections in North Africa,” Project on Middle East Political Science, George Washington University, February 2013 (invited, panelist).

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITES

 

At University of Tennessee

Member, Tennessee Initiative for Middle Eastern Studies committee – 2014-2016

Member, Community Advisory Committee for Political Science

Member, Undergraduate Committee

 

In Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies

Member, American Institute for Maghrib Studies

Member, Middle Eastern Studies Association

Member, Southeastern Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Association

Member, American Political Science Association

 

Peer-Reviewer for academic journals:

World Politics

Comparative Politics

Comparative Political Studies

Political Research Quarterly

Electoral Studies

Journal of Conflict Resolution

British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

Journal of North African Studies

Middle East Journal

Mediterranean Politics

International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

Terrorism and Political Violence

Middle East Law and Governance

 

Peer-Reviewer for academic book

Cambridge University Press - Middle East Book Series

Lynne-Rienner Publishers - Middle East Book Series

 

Teaching, University of Tennessee

Contemporary Middle East Politics, undergraduate, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

Nuclear Politics of the Middle East, undergraduate & graduate: Fall 2015

Middle East Area Studies Seminar, graduate, Fall 2014

 

Personal

Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout Award, 2001

 

REFERENCES

 

Jason Brownlee, Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin

brownlee@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-7304

 

Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman, Professor of International Relations, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 617-496-3036, Tarek_Masoud@hks.harvard.edu

 

Mehran Kamrava, Director and Professor, Center for International and Regional Studies, Edmund J. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University-Qatar. mk556@georgetown.edu, 974-4-457-8268

 

Clement Henry, Professor & Chair, Department of Political Science, American University of Cairo

Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin

chenry@aucegypt.edu, 512-228-6267

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact me at matthew_buehler@hks.harvard.edu

 (503) 341-4871