Maren Milligan, Ph.D.


Ph.D. University of Maryland
B.A. Oberlin College

Research Interests and Background

My teaching, research and public engagement interests focus on institutional design and identity, especially religious and ethnic identity in the Greater Middle East/Islamic World.

The recipient of a Fulbright Islamic Civilizations grant, I've worked for several nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. and overseas, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the National Democratic Institute, and the Middle East Research Information Project. I started on a joint appointment with Queens University through a program to strengthen Middle Eastern offerings at both institutions and have been delighted to continue my work at Davidson through a position in comparative politics.

My manuscript, "Power-sharing or Power-hoarding? Conflict and Democratic Breakdown in Nigeria and Lebanon," argues that rather than mitigating conflict, power-sharing actually causes conflict and prevents democratization.

My work on institutions, identity, and conflict appears in Comparative Politics, Middle East Report, ISIM, and Sada, a journal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. I am also reviews/NEWTON co-editor at Jadaliyya and have consulted for the UN around the conflict in Tripoli, Lebanon. ​