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New Texts Out Now: Melani Cammett, Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon

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Melani Cammett, Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Melani Cammett (MC): The aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq first got me thinking about the connections between identity politics and social service provision. Years of war with Iran as well as more than a decade of sanctions after the First Gulf War had eroded the public welfare infrastructure in Iraq. The ...

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Melani Cammett


Melani Cammett is Associate Professor of Political Science, a faculty associate at the Population Studies and Training Center, and a faculty fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. During 2013-2014, she was a Takemi Fellow in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She specializes in the political economy of development and the Middle East and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on comparative politics, development, and Middle East politics, among other topics. She is the author of Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge, 2007) and Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell, 2014), and co-editor (with Lauren Morris MacLean) of The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South (Cornell, 2014). Her articles have appeared in in the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, the International Journal for Equity in Health, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, World Politics, and other scholarly journals, and she was awarded the 2011 Alexander L. George Award of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Section of the American Political Science Association.