Message from the President

Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Upcoming Conferences

AALIMS-Princeton Conference on the Political Economy of the Muslim World

Date: April 20-21, 2018

Program: Coming soon

Presentations: View presenters and their papers

Location: Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Website: Coming Soon

Contact: Wendy Brill (

All sessions are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.


2018 Annual Conference Organizing Committee

Amaney Jamal (Princeton University), chair

Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Helen Milner (Princeton University)

Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University)







Day 1: Friday, April 20, 2018

8:30-10:00 Quality of Government

Chair: Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University)

Mara Revkin (Yale University), “What Explains Taxation by Resource-Rich Rebels? New Data from the Islamic State in Syria”

Diana Dakhlallah (Stanford University), “‘How Bad Do We Look?’: A Field Experiment on Reputational Incentives and Corrupt Transactions”

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-12:30 Trust and Tolerance

Chair: Fotini Christia (MIT)

Nathanael Gratias Sumaktoyo (University of Notre Dame), “Faith and Friendship: Religiously Homogeneous Friendships and Religious Tolerance in Muslim-Majority Countries”

Steve Monroe (Princeton University), “Cross-Ethnic Protectionism and Co-ethnic Compensation: Trade Politics and Ethnic Politics in Jordan”

Salma Mousa (Stanford University), “Overcoming the Trust Deficit: Intergroup Contact and Associational Life in post-ISIS Iraq”

12:30-2:00  LUNCH

Day 1: Friday, April 20, 2018

2:00-3:30 Islam, Beliefs and Public Opinion I

Chair: Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Amaney Jamal (Princeton University) and Helen Milner (Princeton University), "Islam and Globalization: Evidence from Tunisia"

Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University), "Discovering Social Beliefs about Ethnic Structure: Evidence from the Malay World"

3:30-4:00 BREAK

4:00-6:15 Islam and Politics

Chair: Mahmoud El-Gamal (Rice University)

Steven Brooke (University of Louisville) and Elizabeth R. Nugent (Yale University), "The Political Behavior of Muslim Bortherhood Supporters after 2013"

Charles Harb (American University of Beirut), Christiana Parreira (Stanford University), and Daniel Tawana (Princeton University), “Elite Preference Formation in Divided Societies: Evidence from the American University of Beirut”

Asad Liaqat (Harvard University), Michael Callen (University of California at San Diego), Ali Cheema (Lahore University of Management Sciences), Adnan Khan (London School of Economics), Farooq Naseer (Lahore University of Management Sciences), Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University), "Retrospection Beyond Incumbent Performance: Evidence on Vote Choice in Pakistan"



Day 2: Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:30-10:00 Islam, Beliefs, and Public Opinion II

Chair: Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University)

Claire L. Adida (University of California at San Diego), Adeline Lo (Princeton University), and Melina Platas (NYU Abu Dhabi), "Engendering Empathy, Begetting Backlash: American Attitudes towards Syrian Refugees"

Fotini Christia (MIT), Elizabeth Dekeyser (MIT) and Dean Knox (Princeton University), "Sacred Sect: Unpacking Shiite Sectarianism in Iraq and Iran"

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-11:45 Minorities, Distribution and Development

Chair: Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University)  

Cemal Eren Arbatlı (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) and Güneş Gökmen (New Economic School, Moscow), "Minorities, Human Capital and Long-term Development: Persistence of Armenian and Greek Influence in Turkey"

Aslı Cansunar (Oxford University),"Religion and the Provision of Water in Ottoman Istanbul"

11:45-1:15 pm PACKED LUNCH

1:15-2:45 pm Political Economy of Taxation

Chair: Jennifer Peck 

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University), "Land, Property Rights, and Taxation in Mamluk Egypt"

Mohamed Saleh (University of Toulouse), "Taxing Unwanted Populations: Fiscal Policy and Conversions in Early Islam” 

2:45-3:00 pm BREAK

3:00-4:30 pm  Education and Employment

Chair: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College)

Jennifer Peck (Swarthmore College), "The Effects of Nitaqat on Women’s Employment in Saudi Arabia"

Mehdi Majbouri (Babson College and IZA), "When the Revolution Hits Iran’s Universities: College Aspirations at the Time of Upheaval"

4:30-4:45 pm BREAK


Day 2: Saturday, April 21, 2018

4:45-6:15 pm Governance and Transitions

Chair: Amaney Jamal (Princeton University)

Allison Spencer Hartnett (University of Oxford), “Land Reform and Regime Survival in the Middle East and North Africa”

Chantal E. Berman (Princeton University), “Protest, Concessions, and Political Regimes in Tunisia and Morocco: An Event Data Analysis”








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