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Miriam Lowi



Phone: (609) 771-2746
Office: Social Science Building 221
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:30-4:30 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 11:00 am or by appointment

Miriam Lowi is from Montreal, Canada. She holds a B.A. in History and Economics from McGill University; her M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics are from Princeton University. Her research and teaching interests are in Middle East Politics and the Comparative Political Economy of Development. She has written extensively on conflict over scarce water in the Middle East and oil and instability in Algeria. Currently, she is writing about Islam and Politics in the Arabian Gulf oil monarchies. Her major publications include:

Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared (U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2009; second edition, 2011)

Water and Power: the Politics of a Scarce Resource in the Jordan River Basin, Cambridge University Press, 1993/95

Environment and Security: Discourses and Practices, MacMillan/Palgrave, 2000 (with Brian Shaw)

“Justice, Charity, and the Common Good: In Search of Islam in Gulf Oil Monarchies” Middle East Journal 2017

“Modernity on Steroids: the Promise and Perils of Climate Protection in the Arabian Peninsula” in, Paul Wapner and Hilal Elver, eds. Re-imagining Climate Change, Routledge, 2016.

“Algeria, 1992-2002: Anatomy of a Civil War,” in Paul Collier and Nicholas Sambanis, eds., Understanding Civil War: Evidence and Analysis, The World Bank, 2005

“War-Torn or Systemically Distorted?: Rebuilding the Algerian Economy” in, Leonard Binder, ed., Rebuilding War-Torn Economies in the Middle East and North Africa, Palgrave, 2007

In addition to her scholarship, she is Chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom (Middle East, North Africa wing) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.