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.”
- Iraqi Elections 2021: Independents and New Political Parties. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. January 2022.
- Postwar development of civil society in Iraq’s mid-Euphrates region. January 2022.
- Protestors and Civil Society Actors in Iraq: Between Reform and Revolution. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. December 2020.
- The Hawza in Protest: What 1920 teaches us about 2020. 1001 Iraqi Thoughts. June 2020.
- Analysis: Iraqi protesters will likely push forward despite violence. PRI The World. February 2020.
- Iraqi protesters are mostly Shiite. And this identity is shaping how they protest. The Washington Post Monkey Cage. December 2019.
- Reimagining the Hawza and the State: According to Shi‘a clerics, what is the ideal relationship between religion and the state. POMEPS Studies 35 Religion, Violence, and the State in Iraq. Elliott School of International Affairs. October 2019.
- Authoritarian Nostalgia among Iraqi Youth: Roots and Repercussions. War on the Rocks. July 2018.