My name is Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, a predoctoral research fellow in the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a junior fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS).
My research focuses on the role of religion in political and economic development, with a special focus on the Middle East and the Muslim World. In my dissertation, I examine how religious norms influence distributive politics and government responsiveness in the Muslim World. My other research projects investigate the economic roots of religious voting cleavages in consolidated democracies, the long-term political effects of religious violence, the politics of religious schooling, and the effects of conspiracy theories on political behavior. I utilize a diverse set of tools for data collection and analysis such as web-scraping, machine learning, text analysis, causal inference, experiments, survey design and analysis, historical analysis, and extensive fieldwork.
My work has received several awards: the Kellog/Notre Dame award for best paper in comparative politics at MPSA 2019, APSA 2020 politics and history section’s award for best paper, and APSA 2020 European politics and society section’s award for best paper.