Steve Monroe

Social Sciences (Political Science)

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor Steve Monroe received his PhD in Politics from Princeton University. He holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a BA (with Honours) from Stanford University. Prior to joining Yale-NUS College, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative.

Asst Prof Monroe’s research focuses on the political economy of development in Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA). His current book project examines ethnic politics and trade liberalisation in the Arab world. He also works on gender and barriers to economic and political participation.

Comparative Politics, Democratisation, Development, Gender, Identity Politics, Southwest Asia and North Africa, Small States, Trade Politics

“Earned Income and Women’s Segmented Empowerment: Experimental Evidence from Jordan,” with Carolyn Barnett and Amaney Jamal (Forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science).

“Down and Out: Founding Elections and Disillusionment with Democracy in Egypt and Tunisia,” with Sharan Grewal. Comparative Politics, lead article, volume 51, no. 4, July 2019, pp. 497 – 539.

“No Arab Bourgeoisie, No Democracy? The Entrepreneurial Middle Class and Democratic Attitudes since the Arab Spring,” with Nimah Mazaheri. Comparative Politics, volume 50, no. 4, July 2018, pp. 523 – 550.

“Salafis in Parliament: Democratic Attitudes and Party Politics in the Gulf,” Middle East Journal, lead article, volume 66, no. 3, Summer 2012, pp. 409 – 424.

International Development
Methods in the Social Sciences
Southwest Asia and North Africa: Societies and Politics