My name is Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed. I hold a Ph.D. (with distinction) in Political Science from Columbia University. I am a research fellow in the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, and a junior fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS). I will be joining the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at¬†Stanford¬†University as a postdoctoral fellow for the academic year 2022-2023.

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, electoral violence in autocracies, 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.