Marwa Shalaby

Position title: Assistant Professor | Comparative Politics


3430 Sterling Hall

Curriculum Vitae


Marwa M. Shalaby is an assistant professor in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Center for Middle East Studies (CMES). She was also awarded the prestigious Anna Julia Cooper Fellowship for the academic year 2019-20. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, Shalaby was the Fellow for the Middle East and Director of the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University and a visiting scholar in the Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD), the University of Gothenburg. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Politics and Gender, and Review of Economics and Political Science. Shalaby is also a steering committee member of the GLD Institute, University of Gothenburg.

Over the past years, Shalaby has conducted original data collection and extensive fieldwork across the region. She administered public opinion surveys and survey experiments in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco. Moreover, Shalaby is the PI for the Governance and Elections in the Middle East Project (GEMEP)–the most comprehensive and only dataset that offers invaluable insights into the micro-dynamics of MENA’s electoral institutions. Her work was supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Hicham Alaoui Foundation, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) Foundation in Sweden, New York University Abu Dhabi Institute (NYUADI), Rice University’s Boniuk Institute, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy (AUB), and Rice University’s Endowment on Women’s Rights in the Middle East.

Shalaby’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, PS: Political Science & Politics, Politics and Gender, Political Research Quarterly, Parliamentary Affairs, the Middle East Journal and Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Shalaby is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the dynamics of women’s political representation in Arab parliaments. She has also published in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (SADA), the Project on Middle East in Political Science (POMEPS), al-Fanar Media, Houston Chronicle, and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. Shalaby was quoted and/or interviewed by major domestic and international media outlets, such as CNN, BBC, Fortune Magazine, Al-Ahram (Egypt), and World Politics Review, among many others. She has also consulted with government agencies on several research projects related to women and politics in MENA. She has presented her work and organized conferences in the U.S. and the MENA region.

*Note: Shalaby is on leave for the Spring 2023 semester.

Research Interests

Authoritarianism, gender politics, autocratic legislatures, Middle East and North Africa politics, local governance, public opinion, political tolerance


PS 948: Authoritarian Politics and Institutions (Graduate Seminar), Fall 2023

PS 320/ GWS & WS 320: Gender and Local Politics: A Global Perspective, Fall 2023

GWS & WS 720: Gender, Society, and Islam (Graduate Seminar), Fall 2020

GEN &WS 435: Politics of Gender and Women’s Rights in the Middle East, Spring 2022

PS 429/ Gen & WS 429: Gender and Authoritarian Politics (Honors), Fall 2021

GWS & WS 320: Gender, Society, and Islam, Spring 2021

PS 320: Politics and Governments of the Middle East and North Africa, Spring 2021 & Fall 2022

GWS & WS 320: Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective (Honors), Fall 2020

GEN &WS 429: Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective, Fall 2020

Select Publications


Shalaby, Marwa. “Women’s Political Representation and Authoritarian Politics in the Arab World.” Book manuscript.

Shalaby, Marwa. 2016. “Empowering Women after the Arab Spring,” co-edited with Valentine Moghadam. Palgrave Macmillan.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Shalaby, Marwa and Laila Elimam. “Women in Legislative Committees in Arab Parliaments.” Forthcoming in Comparative Politics.

Shalaby, Marwa and Abdullah Aydogan. 2019. “Parliamentary Agenda Priorities and Responsiveness under Authoritarianism.” Parliamentary Affairs.

Shalaby, Marwa and Mazen Hassan. 2019. “Drivers of Tolerance: Experimental Evidence from Post-revolutionary Egypt.” Political Research Quarterly.

Shalaby, Marwa. 2018. “Women’s Representation in the Middle East and North Africa.” Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science.

Shalaby, Marwa and Ariana Marnicio. “Women’s Political Participation in Bahrain.” In Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond, edited by Rita Stephan and Mounira Charrad. New York University Press. Forthcoming.

Shalaby, Marwa and Laila Elimam. “Examining Female Membership and Leadership of Legislative Committees in Jordan.” In The Politics of Empowerment in the MENA Region, edited by Drude Dahlerup and Hanane Darhour. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

Shalaby, Marwa. “Toward Understanding the Link between Good Governance and Support for Female Politicians in the Arab World.” In The Politics of Corruption in the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Ina Kubbe and Aiysha Varriach, Routledge: Development Studies Series. Forthcoming.

Shalaby, Marwa. 2016. “Deconstructing Women’s Empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa.” In Empowering Women After the Arab Spring, coedited with Valentine Moghadam. Palgrave Macmillan.