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Lisa Wedeen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicagomarker specializing in comparative politics, the Middle East, political theory, and feminist theory. Wedeen received her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeleymarker, where she studied with Hanna Pitkin. She has taught courses on nationalism, identity formation, power and resistance, and citizenship. Her work on the Middle East includes Ambiguities of Domination, an ethnographic study of the culture of the spectacle in Syriamarker under Hafez al-Assad. In addition to writing and teaching, Wedeen sits on the Editorial Collective of Public Culture, an interdisciplinary journal of transnational cultural studies.

Selected Publications

  • Peripheral Visions: Politics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (Univeresity of Chicago Press2008)
  • "Concepts and Commitments in the Study of Democracy" in Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (2004)
  • "Seeing Like a Citizen, Acting Like a State: Exemplary Events in Unified Yemen" in Comparative Studies in Society and History (2003)
  • "Conceptualizing Culture: Possibilities for Political Science" in APSR (2002)
  • Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria (University of Chicago Press, 1999)


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