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Jason Brownlee


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Biography


Jason Brownlee researches and teaches about authoritarianism and political emancipation. He is the author of Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and (with Tarek Masoud and Andrew Reynolds) The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform(Oxford University Press, 2012), as well as articles in American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and other scholarly journals. Professor Brownlee is currently studying intersections of the U.S. political economy and Middle Eastern conflicts.

 

 

Courses


GOV 390L • Authoritarianism

38720 • Fall 2016
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM BAT 1.104
(also listed as MES 384)

The most common regime type in history is authoritarianism, a category encompassing all forms of undemocratic rule, from absolutist monarchies to military juntas and single-party states. This graduate seminar considers modern manifestations of authoritarianism in comparison with popularly accountable rule, whether limited or democratic. The class will focus on explanations of large-scale variations in economic and social structures. Institutionalist and behavioral accounts will also be addressed. Students will be assigned to read and critique major scholarly monographs, chapters, and articles on the course topic. They may be asked to assess novels and films as well. Cases will come mainly, but not totally, from Europe and the Middle East.  

Grading policy: Grades will be based on a series of short and long writing assignments (50%), as well as active seminar participation, including in-class presentations (50%).

Texts: Williams and Colomb, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (4th ed.); Thomas Ertman, The Birth of the Leviathan; Arno Mayer, The Persistence of the Old Regime;  Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies; Brooker, Non-Democratic Regimes (2nd ed.); Kapuscinski, The Emperor; Boudreau, Resisting Dictatorship; Svolik, The Politics of Authoritarian Rule

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

37760 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ B0.306

No prerequisites.

 

Course description:

 

This course addresses how United States officials have formed and pursued their ideas of national security from the Spanish-American War of 1898 to the Arab Spring of 2011. The class will focus on the patterns and effects of US political and military interventions abroad. We will give particular attention to US foreign policy in the Middle East, including the United States' relationships with such influential countries as Egypt, Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. 

 

Grading policy:

 

Map and history quiz (10%), Exam 1 (30%), Exam 2 (30%), Exam 3 (30%).

 

Texts:

 

There is no textbook for this course. 

GOV 365N • Authoritarianism

38000 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 208
(also listed as MES 341)

Authoritarianism (GOV and MES) - upper division with writing flag and independent inquiry flags

 

Description: This upper-division course is designed for students in Government, Middle Eastern Studies, and other fields who want to learn about the phenomenon of modern authoritarianism and how scholars study it. Authoritarianism is often defined, minimally, as any form of government short of electoral democracy. Some specialists and laypersons, however, consider authoritarianism not as the absence of democracy but as a system that violates individual liberty in the pursuit of some competing political goal. This course will address various forms of authoritarianism, from labor repression in the Appalachian Valley of the United States of America to the absolutist monarchies of the Middle East. By the end of the course, students will have a working knowledge of current theories and debates about authoritarianism, especially in political science.

 

Grades: 4 short quizzes (20%); 4  writing assignments (60%); End of semester presentation (20%)

Texts: Course packet with significant articles and book sections on authoritarianism.

GOV 390L • Authoritarianism

37975 • Fall 2015
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM BAT 1.104
(also listed as MES 384)

The most common regime type in history is authoritarianism, a category encompassing all forms of undemocratic rule, from absolutist monarchies to military juntas and single-party states. This graduate seminar considers modern manifestations of authoritarianism in comparison with popularly accountable rule, whether limited or democratic. The class will focus on explanations of large-scale variations in economic and social structures. Institutionalist and behavioral accounts will also be addressed. Students will be assigned to read and critique major scholarly monographs, chapters, and articles on the course topic. They may be asked to assess novels and films as well. Cases will come mainly, but not totally, from Europe and the Middle East.  

Grading policy: Grades will be based on a series of short and long writing assignments (50%), as well as active seminar participation, including in-class presentations (50%).

Texts: Williams and Colomb, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (4th ed.); Thomas Ertman, The Birth of the Leviathan; Arno Mayer, The Persistence of the Old Regime;  Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies; Brooker, Non-Democratic Regimes (2nd ed.); Kapuscinski, The Emperor; Boudreau, Resisting Dictatorship; Svolik, The Politics of Authoritarian Rule

GOV 390L • Authoritarianism

39103 • Fall 2014
Meets W 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 1.104
(also listed as MES 384)

Authoritarianism

 

The most common regime type in history is authoritarianism, a category encompassing all forms of undemocratic rule, from absolutist monarchies to military juntas and single-party states. This graduate seminar considers modern manifestations of authoritarianism in comparison with popularly accountable rule, whether limited or democratic. The class will focus on explanations of large-scale variations in economic and social structures. Institutionalist and behavioral accounts will also be addressed. Students will be assigned to read and critique major scholarly monographs, chapters, and articles on the course topic. They may be asked to assess novels and films as well. Cases will come mainly, but not totally, from Europe and the Middle East. 

 

Grading policy: Grades will be based on a series of short and long writing assignments (50%), as well as active seminar participation, including in-class presentations (50%).

 

Texts: Williams and Colomb, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (4th ed.); Thomas Ertman, The Birth of the Leviathan; Arno Mayer, The Persistence of the Old Regime;  Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies; Brooker, Non-Democratic Regimes (2nd ed.); Kapuscinski, The Emperor; Boudreau, Resisting Dictatorship; Svolik, The Politics of Authoritarian Rule

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

39060 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WEL 1.316

no prerequisites

Course description:

This course addresses how United States officials have formed and pursued their ideas of national security from the Spanish-American War of 1898 to the Arab Spring of 2011. The class will focus on the patterns and effects of US political and military interventions abroad. We will give particular attention to US foreign policy in the Middle East, including the United States' relationships with such influential countries as Egypt, Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. 

Grading policy:

Map and history quiz (10%), Exam 1 (30%), Exam 2 (30%), Exam 3 (30%).

Texts. There is no textbook for this course. 

GOV 390L • Political Economy Of Mid East

39413 • Fall 2013
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM BAT 1.104
(also listed as MES 384)

Course Description:

The course will examine how social scientists have explained major problems in the Middle East and North Africa. Topics will include authoritarianism, women's rights, popular protests, natural resource wealth, war, and foreign intervention. We will read and discuss a variety of recent books and articles from the scholarly literature.     

 

 

Grading Policy:  

Grades will be based on a combination of writing assignments, oral presentations, and regular in-class participation,      

 

Texts:  

Bayat, Life as Politics; Charrad, States and Women's Rights; Jones, Desert Kingdom; Mitchell, Carbon Democracy; Stacher, Adaptable Autocrats,     

GOV 365N • Egyptian Politics And Society

38797 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM MEZ B0.306

Course Description

In spring 2011, Egypt was described in American media as the “anchor” of US policy in the Middle East, a “strategic cornerstone,” and “the most important Arab country.” This course helps explain how Egypt came to occupy such a prominent place. Our analysis will move chronologically from the struggle for independence in the early 20th century to the January 25, 2011 Revolution that toppled long-ruling Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Students will be asked to read carefully and write clearly. Class discussions and assignments will require comprehending and critiquing the assigned material.

Course Requirements

Upper-division standing required.

6 semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

Grading policy

Grades will be based on response papers (20%), exams (40%), attendance (20%), and in-class debates (20%).

Texts

Rabab El Mahdi and Philip Marfleet, Egypt: The Moment of Change.

William Strunk, E. B. White and Roger Angell, The Elements of Style, 4th ed.

Other readings to be determined.

GOV 385L • Rsch Meth/Qual Anly In Soc Sci

38950 • Spring 2012
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 1.104

Research Methods and Qualitative Analysis in Social Science

Introduction to the theoretical debates and nuts-and-bolts surrounding the main tools of qualitative methodology, including archival research and interviewing.

Grading policy

 

Grades will be based on in-class participation (40%), response papers (30%) and project proposals (30%).

Texts

Catherine Boone, Political Topographies of the African State.

David Collier, ed., Rethinking Social Inquiry.

For a complete list of texts visit the Amazon.com Listmania page for Research Methods and Qualitative Analysis in Social Science.

GOV F365N • Egyptian Politics And Society

85277 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 2:30PM-4:00PM PAR 301
(also listed as MES F323K)

In spring 2011, Egypt was described in American media as the “anchor” of US policy in the Middle East, a “strategic cornerstone,” and “the most important Arab country.” This course helps explain how Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East, came to occupy such a prominent place. Our analysis will move chronologically from state-building under Muhammad Ali in the early 19th century to the January 25, 2011 Revolution that toppled long-ruling Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

We will draw upon a range of works from the humanities and social sciences, including academic articles, novels, and films. Students will be asked to read carefully and write clearly. Class discussions and assignments will require comprehending and critiquing the assigned texts.

 

Course Requirements

Map quiz                                                                                                10%

Three short answer and multiple-choice exams (20% each)                        60%

Attendance and participation                                                                        30%

 

Primary course texts:

Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot, A Short History of Modern Egypt (1985). Additional texts to be determined. There will also be course packet of other readings.

 

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

39065 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WCH 1.120

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

38200 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 100

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

39325 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM FAC 21

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

39210 • Spring 2008
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 100

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 365N • Authoritarianism In Mid East

38890 • Spring 2007
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 420

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GOV 365N • Authoritarianism In Mid East

39830 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.120

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GOV 365N • Egyptian Politics & Society-W

39835 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.120

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GOV 365N • Authoritarianism In Mid East-W

37920 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 436A

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GOV 365N • Politics Of Regime Change

37940 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BUR 116

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GOV 365N • Authoritarianism In Mid East-W

37755 • Fall 2005
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BUR 212

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GOV 365N • Politics Of Regime Change

37770 • Fall 2005
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BIO 301

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Publications


My research has appeared in scholarly journals including the American Journal of Political Science,Comparative Political StudiesStudies in Comparative International Development, and World Politics.
 
Books
With Tarek Masoud and Andrew Reynolds, The Arab Spring: The Politics of Transformation in North Africa and the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Reviewed in Perspectives on PoliticsComparative Political Studies, and the Review of Politics. Read more at Amazon or view the table of contents and an excerpt here.
 
Refereed articles
"Peace before Freedom: Diplomacy and Repression in Sadat's Egypt," Political Science Quarterly(Winter 2011-2012).
"Executive Elections in the Arab World: When and How Do They Matter?" Comparative Political Studies (July 2011).
"Unrequited Moderation: Credible Commitments and State Repression in Egypt," Studies in Comparative International Development (December 2010).
"The Muslim Brothers: Egypt's Most Influential Pressure Group," History Compass (May 2010).
"Portents of Pluralism: How Hybrid Regimes Affect Democratic Transitions," American Journal of Political Science (July 2009). One of the journal's "top 10 downloaded articles in 2009."
"Bound to Rule: Party Institutions and Regime Trajectories in Malaysia and the Philippines," Journal of East Asian Studies (January 2008).
"The Heir Apparency of Gamal Mubarak," Arab Studies Journal (Fall 2007/Spring 2008).
"Hereditary Succession in Modern Autocracies," World Politics (July 2007). Winner of the best article prize, Comparative Democratization section of the APSA (2008).
"Can America Nation-Build?" World Politics (January 2007).
"...And Yet They Persist: Explaining Survival and Transition in Neopatrimonial Regimes,"Studies in Comparative International Development (Fall 2002).
"Low Tide after the Third Wave: Exploring Politics under Authoritarianism," Comparative Politics (July 2002).
 
Other publications
Review of Lisa Blaydes, Elections and Redistributive Politics in Mubarak's Egypt (Cambridge University Press 2010)Perspectives on Politics (December 2011).
"The Transnational Challenge to Arab Freedom," Current History (November 2011).
With Joshua Stacher, "Change of Leader, Continuity of System: Nascent Liberalization in Post-Mubarak Egypt," APSA-CD, Newsletter of the Comparative Democratization Organized Section (May 2011).
"Authoritarianism after 1989: From Regime Types to Transnational Processes," Harvard International Review (winter 2010).
"Moderate Opposition," Symposium on Concepts that Hinder Understanding... and What to Do About Them, APSA-CP, Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Organized Section (summer 2009).
Review of John R. Bradley, Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution(Palgrave Macmillan 2008)Middle East Journal (summer 2009). Significant passages of Inside Egyptappear to originate in previously published works and lack appropriate acknowledgment of those sources. An Appendix (A) reviews standards for assessing plagiarism and presents some of the striking similarities between Inside Egypt and other texts. A second Appendix (B) notes changes made in the paperback edition, published after my review.
"Imagining the Next Occupation," Middle East Report (winter 2008).
"A New Generation of Autocracy in Egypt," The Brown Journal of World Affairs (fall 2007).
"The Decline of Pluralism in Mubarak's Egypt," Journal of Democracy (October 2002).

Commentary


Commentary on politics

The articles and lectures below connect my scholarly interest in political emancipation and violence prevention with public debates on these issues.


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