Steven Brooke

Position title: Associate Professor: Comparative Politics | Director, Middle East Studies Program


Phone: 608-263-2277

Office: Room 402, North Hall


Ph.D. Department of Government, The University of Texas at Austin. 2015.

M.A. in Government, The University of Texas at Austin.

M.A. in History, George Mason University.

B.A. in International Affairs and History, James Madison University, 2002.


Steven in an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS)   He is also a non-resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative.

Steven’s research and teaching focuses on comparative politics, religion and politics, non-democratic regimes, and the politics of the Middle East.  His first book, Winning Hearts and Votes: Social Services and the Islamist Political Advantage, looks at how and why non-state groups provide social services, with an empirical focus on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  He is currently working on two book manuscripts, the first on social movements in Interwar Egypt and the second on religious resistance to state violence in the context of the Philippine Drug War.  His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Religion and Politics, and the British Journal of Middle East Studies.

Steven joined the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the Summer of 2019 after three years on the faculty at the University of Louisville.  He received his Ph.D. in Government in 2015 from The University of Texas at Austin, and before that an M.A. in Government (also at UT-Austin) as well as a M.A. in History at George Mason University.  His B.A. is in International Affairs and History from James Madison University.


PS 120: Politics Around the World Spring 2023

PS 182: Politics Around the World (Honors)

PS 339: Non-Democracies

PS/HIST 370: Islam and Politics

PS 455: Middle East Politics

PS 400: Religion and Politics (Graduate Seminar)

Hear from Steven on these episodes of the 1050 Bascom Podcast!