Lisa Blaydes is the Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum, as well as Associate Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is the author of Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak’s Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Her articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Governance, International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Middle East Journal, Studies in Comparative International Development and World Politics. During the 2008-9 and 2009-2010 academic years, Professor Blaydes was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She holds degrees in Political Science (Ph.D.) from the University of California, Los Angeles and International Relations (B.A., M.A.) from Johns Hopkins University.