Alexandra Blackman is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Her research interests include the relationship between political regimes and religious institutions, as well as the development and deployment of religious identities in the political sphere. Her research is also motivated by a broader interest in the politics of the Middle East, including gender, political party development, the evolution of authoritarian institutions, and the role of foreign and transnational forces in the region. She has conducted research in Egypt, France, Tunisia, and the United States.
Her dissertation project examines the impact of French colonial administration on local land and educational institutions and how the changes introduced by colonial settlement impacted local political identities and mobilization. She also explores the legacy of the waqf system in North Africa.
Before attending Stanford, she completed a B.A. in International Relations at Tufts University (2010). In addition, she was a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholar in Duisburg, Germany (2005-2006), a Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellow in Cairo, Egypt (2010-2011), and Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC (2011-2012).