Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population, Chan School of Public Health
Melani Cammett is Professor of Government at Harvard University. She specializes in the political economy of development and the Middle East and North Africa and is the author of four books: A Political Economy of the Middle East (with Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury, 2015); Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (2014), which won the 2015 APSA Giovanni Sartori Book Award and the Honorable Mention of the 2015 APSA Gregory Luebbert Book Award; The Politics of Nonstate Welfare (coedited with Lauren Morris MacLean, 2014); and Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (2007, 2010). She has received fellowships and awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Comparative Politics Section of the APSA, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Social Science Research Council, and other organizations, has published numerous articles in scholarly and policy journals, and consults for development policy organizations. Her current research focuses on the politics of welfare and development and she has a variety of ongoing projects on governance and the delivery of social services by public, private and nonstate actors in the Middle East and North Africa.