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Deborah Harrold

Deborah Harrold

Deborah Harrold has broad interests in political science. Her general area of specialization is comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa but both her education at the University of Chicago and her field work in Algeria in the early 1990s have led her to emphasize interconnections between fields. For example, international issues, great power politics, political economy and issues of globalization are enormously important for an understanding of the Middle East and North Africa.In her research and in her courses, she draws from different fields and intellectual traditions, and encourages students to think comparatively and historically. She also enjoys teaching basic political science courses that use canonical texts and contemporary social science to engage today’s political issues.

Courses for the 2011-2012 Academic Year


POLS B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North AfricaThis course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film, and fiction as well as primary sources. The course will concern itself with three broad areas: the legacy of colonialism and the importance of international forces; the role of Islam in politics; and the political and social effects of particular economic conditions, policies, and practices.


POLSB 282 The Exotic Other:  Gender and sexuality in the Middle East. 
This course is concerned with the meanings of gender and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa.  We give particular attention to the construction of tradition; and to the  performance, reinscription and transformation of the traditional. We are also concerned with the role of the West in the construction and commodification of Middle Eastern sexualities.     

POLS B287 Media and Politics: The Middle East TransformedThe events of 2011 transformed the Middle East, overthrowing or threatening regimes across the region. The course will focus on the media technologies, the political actors, and international events that produced these changes, as well as examine works on political transitions, revolutions, and social movements. Prerequisite: A previous social science or history course is strongly recommended, or a previous course on media.