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Yasmeen Daifallah

Yasmeen Daifallah

Professional Title: 

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Thompson 304

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Office Hours: 

Fall 2016 by appointment


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 2012


I study how cultural traditions orient their subjects towards politics. In my research, I address the questions: how does the relegio-cultural constitution of a subject affect its disposition towards politics? Can this constitution be vested with new meanings to enable the transformation of this disposition? So far, I have sought responses for these queries in the modern Arab and Islamic traditions of political and social thought. My future projects include a search for answers offered by medieval Islamic philosophers and theologians, as well as by modern-day social and political movements in the Arab world. More broadly, my areas of specialization include Islamic political thought, ancient and modern Western political thought, comparative political theory, postcolonial theory, and Middle East politics

Area of Study: 

  • Political theory


  • Political Science