Christiana Parreira is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Stanford University. Her research focuses on how informal institutions and social networks shape local political competition and welfare outcomes, focusing on contemporary Lebanon. Her dissertation project investigates why intertwined elite family and party networks extend a variety of critical public services in certain Lebanese municipalities, while resorting to more transactional vote-buying in others. Her other research focuses on the evolution of local service provision in the context of weak or fragile central governments across the Middle East.
Christiana received her B.A. in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University in 2013. She is currently a fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University of Beirut and a research consultant at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies.