SCOTT RANDALL WILLIAMSON
Courses a.y. 2023/2024
30534 ISLAM, POLITICS AND THE MIDDLE EAST
40291 POLITICAL SCIENCES
41035 THE POLITICS OF CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE
I completed my PhD in political science at Stanford University in 2020, and I was a postdoctoral associate in the Social Science Division at New York University Abu Dhabi prior to starting at Bocconi. Previously, I also worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and studied Arabic as a CASA fellow at the American University in Cairo. My work has been published by leading academic journals such as the American Political Science Review and Comparative Political Studies, as well as by outlets including the Washington Post and the Project on Middle East Democracy.
My primary research agenda explores the politics of authoritarian rule, particularly in the Middle East. I am interested in how autocrats attempt to avoid blame, why some autocrats are more effective at presenting their regimes as democratic, and when people are more likely to support democracy and human rights. I also study the causes of prejudice and strategies for prejudice reduction, focusing on attitudes toward migrant communities. In addition, I have collaborated on projects advocating for new approaches to increase transparency and reduce bias in the publication process. I have conducted fieldwork, Arabic language training, and survey research in Jordan, Tunisia, and Egypt.
Elections, legitimacy, and compliance in authoritarian regimes: evidence from the Arab world
Family matters: how immigrant histories can promote inclusion
AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, 2021
Contesting narratives of repression: experimental evidence from Sisi’s Egypt
JOURNAL OF PEACE RESEARCH, 2021
Attitudes toward migrants in a highly impacted economy: evidence from the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan
COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES, 2021
Legislatures and policy making in authoritarian regimes
COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES, 2020