Fellow for the Middle East and Director, Women's Rights in the Middle East Program
Marwa Shalaby is the fellow for the Middle East and director of the Women's Rights in the Middle East Program at the Baker Institute. She earned her PhD from the University of Houston. Her dissertation investigated gender-related variations in mass political attitudes and behavior in the Middle East. Her research focuses on comparative politics and research methodology, with a concentration on Middle Eastern politics, gender politics, and democratization. She has received intensive methodology training at the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University and has taught classes on gender and politics in the Middle East, women and politics, research methodology, and comparative politics. Her research is supported by the Kelly Day Endowment, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and the Carnegie Corporation.
Dr. Shalaby's current research explores female political representation in the Arab world. She has published the first report on Jordan and is now working on the Kuwait and Morocco reports. She is also writing a number of papers to be presented and published at academic outlets in the U.S. and abroad, and is studying the issues raised at the intersection of public policy and gender in the Middle East. In addition, Dr. Shalaby is editing a volume with Professor Valentine Moghadam of Northeastern University that is the result of the "Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East conference held at the Baker Institute in April 2014.
Looking ahead, Dr. Shalaby will organize a conference on the impact of the ongoing conflicts on women in the Middle East, to be held at the Baker Institute in spring 2015. She will also develop her dissertation research into a book that investigates variation in political behavior and attitudes about gender in the Middle East. in addition, she is collaborating with Rice faculty from the economics and political science departments on a major study investigating the role played by female candidates in the Jordanian elections.