Julia Choucair-Vizoso is the Vice Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. She recently completed her doctorate in Political Science at Yale University. She studies comparative politics, with interests in nondemocratic institutions, network theory, and the contemporary Middle East. Her current book project proposes a new framework for studying power in nondemocratic politics and applies it to explain variation in the stability of authoritarian regimes around the world, with a focus on regimes in Iraq and Syria.

Julia received an M.A. in Arab Studies and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 2004, and was previously Editor-in-Chief of Sada and Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Her research has been supported by Stanford University, the United States Institute of Peace, and Yale University.


“Iraq,” The Middle East, 14th edition, ed. Ellen Lust. Los Angeles: Sage/CQ Press (2015).

Beyond the Façade: Political Reform in the Arab World.  With Marina Ottaway. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2008). *Arabic edition: Dar An-nahar, Beirut (2009).

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