Homecoming… of Sorts; Ph.D. Grad Blaydes at Workshop

Prof. Lisa Blaydes (Ph.D. 2008) returns to UCLA this week as presenter for the next Comparative Politics Workshop, some 7 years after completed her doctorate here. Now Associate Professor at Stanford — and a part of that PoliSci department’s faculty since 2007 — she is also an International Studies senior fellow with the Freeman Spogli Institute there.

Prof. Blaydes, whose award-winning UCLA dissertation examined elections in Egypt under the 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak (leading to a 2011 book, Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak’s Egypt), now looks at the trail of oppression visited upon Iraqi ethnic minorities in the late 20th century. “Compliance and Resistance in Iraq under Saddam Hussein: Evidence from the Files of the Ba`th Party” draws on data from documents captured by U.S. forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq to help develop an understanding of how individuals living under dictatorship calibrate their political behaviors.

The workshop will begin at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9 in the Conference Room (4357 Bunche Hall). For an abstract of her latest work, click here.