Amaney Jamal (PhD, Michigan) is Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and Director, Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. She also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. Jamal's current research focuses on democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab World. She extends her research to the study of Muslim and Arab Americans, examining the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the US.
Jamal has written four books. Her first book, Barriers to Democracy, which won the Best Book Award in Comparative Democratization at the American Political Science Association (2008), explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab World. Her second book, an edited volume with Nadine Naber (University of Michigan), looks at the patterns and influences of Arab American racialization processes. Jamal is also a co-author on the book, Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9-11. Jamal’s fourth book, Of Empires and Citizens: Pro American Democracy or No Democracy at All? was published in the summer of 2012. Jamal is a principal investigator of the "Arab Barometer Project," winner of the Best Dataset in the field of Comparative Politics: Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award (2010); co-PI of the "Detroit Arab American Study," a sister survey to the Detroit Area Study; and Senior Advisor on the Pew Research Center Projects focusing on Islam in America (2006) and Global Islam, (2011). In 2005, Jamal was named a Carnegie Scholar.
PhD, University of Michigan 2003
1. Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects
2. Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World