Nathan J. Brown

Nathan J. Brown

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Room 512
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-2123
Fax: 202-994-5477
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Government and politics of the Middle East, democratization and constitutionalism, rule of law in the Arab world

The most up-to-date information about Professor Brown can be found on his faculty page on the Elliott School's website.

Nathan Brown received his B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. in politics and Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, as well as more general courses on comparative politics and international relations. His dissertation received the Malcolm Kerr award from the Middle East Studies Association in 1987.

Dr. Brown is the recipient of Fulbright grants to study in Egypt and the Gulf and teach in Israel. He also served two years as Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Professor Brown was recently selected as a 2009 Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Under this grant, Professor Brown will analyze the impacts of increased participation by Islamist groups in electoral politics on both the movements themselves and the political systems in which they operate.


Ph.D., Princeton University


When Victory Is Not an Option. Cornell Univ Pr., January 2012.

Palestinian Politics After the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Palestine. Univ California Pr., 2003.

Constitutions in a Non-Constitutional World: Arab Basic Laws and the Prospects for Accountable Government SUNY Pr., 2001.

The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Gulf. Cambridge Univ Pr., 1997.

Peasant Politics in Modern Egypt: The Struggle Against the State. Yale Univ Pr., 1990.

Classes Taught

PSC 2334: Global Perspectives on Democracy
PSC 2377: Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 6377: Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 8334: Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective