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Quinn Mecham

Associate Professor
Political Science, Political Science

770 KMBL
Provo, UT 84602


Quinn Mecham is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Coordinator for Middle East Studies. He joined the BYU Department of Political Science in September 2013. He taught previously at Middlebury College and at George Washington University. He was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University, and was a Franklin Fellow in Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State.

Research Interests

Quinn's research interests focus on identity politics and comparative political parties. He has published extensively on political mobilization in the Islamic world, including elections, protest, and political violence. He also focuses on political participation in authoritarian regimes and has written extensively on the Arab world and on Turkey. He also studies issues related to the quality of democracy and majority-minority relations.

Teaching Interests

Quinn teaches courses in Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Politics, Political Islam, Civil Conflict, Failed States, and Middle Eastern Revolutions


  • Ph.D., Political Science , Stanford University (2006)
  • M.A., Political Science , Stanford University (1999)
  • B.A., Comparative Literature , Brigham Young University (1997)

Administrative Assignments

  • Kennedy Center: Associate Director (2022 - Present)
  • Middle East Studies Coordinator, Kennedy Center: International Area Studies Coordinator (2015 - Present)

Courses Taught


Quinn Mecham