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 InterestsQuinn's research interests focus on the political mobilization in the Islamic world, including elections, protest, and political violence. He also focuses on political participation in authoritarian regimes. He has written extensively on the Arab world and on Turkey. His current project is on the behavior of Islamist political parties in the Middle East and Asia.
Teaching InterestsQuinn 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)
- Kennedy Center: Associate Director (2022 - Present)
- Middle East Studies Coordinator, Kennedy Center: International Area Studies Coordinator (2015 - Present)