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Marsin Alshamary


Dr. Marsin Alshamary is a Non-Resident Fellow at IRIS and will be joining the foreign policy team at Brookings Institution as a post-doctoral fellow in the fall. Prior to this, she was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research examines clerical involvement in formal and informal politics in Iraq and the Middle East in the past century. Her other research projects examine religious institutions and civil society, Shi’a Islamism, and corruption and state-building. Dr. Alshamary holds a BA in International Relations and French from Wellesley College, where she was an Albright Fellow. She holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT where her dissertation was titled “Prophets and Priests: Religious Leaders and Protest in Iraq.”