MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Prof. Lindsay Benstead

Lindsay J. Benstead is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at Portland State University. She is a Fellow in the Middle East Program and the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Intertiol Center for Scholars in Washington, DC (2018-2019). She is also a Research Fellow in the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, Affiliated Scholar in the Program on Governce and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg and Yale University, and Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University. She served as Kuwait Visiting Professor at SciencesPo in Paris (fall 2016). Benstead has conducted surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Jordan and contributes to the Transitiol Governce Project. Her research on women and politics, public opinion, and survey methodology has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Intertiol Jourl of Public Opinion Research, Governce, and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and served as a doctoral fellow at Yale University and a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University. For more on her research, see

Doctorate, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Current or most recent Employer

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Middle East Studies Center

Portland State University
Time in Post - 11

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia,

Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Economics, Evaluation research, Government, Political science, Policy/political advocacy (including human rights), Social/Public Policy

Contact Info


506 SW Mill Street 650 CUPA Portland, OR
Social Media

@lindsaybenstead (Twitter)

Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Governance (National) ( 15 years )

Governance (Local Governance and Decentralization) ( 6 years )

Public Policy ( 15 years )

Education policy ( 1 years )

Family policy ( 12 years )

Gender equality

Economic development ( 10 years )

Conflict & Security ( 5 years )

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 7 years )

Women ( 10 years )

Refugees ( 2 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Poverty/deprivation reduction

Poverty/deprivation measurement


Governance (National)

Governance (Local & Decentralization)

Education policy

Family policy

Gender equality

Health policy (Including health insurance)

Social care

Social protection

Social safety nets

Economic development

Conflict & Security


Academic publications

Academic conferences

Social Media

Policy Reports

Policy Briefs


Survey methodology and interviewer training in developing countries