Lindsay J. Benstead

Lindsay J. Benstead is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, where she teaches courses on Middle East and North African politics and research methods. Her research focuses on identity politics (gender, religion, tribe), clientelism, public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Benstead has conducted nationally-representative surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia (with Ellen Lust), Libya (with Ellen Lust and Jakob Wichmann), and Jordan (with Kristen Kao, Ellen Lust, and Jakob Wichmann) and contributes to the Transitional Governance Project and the Program on Governance and Local Development, Yale University. She is a Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. Dr. Benstead’s research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Governance, Politics & Religion, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Democratization, and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science and a M.A.E. in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and previously served as a doctoral fellow in the Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University, and a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University. Websites: and