Christiana Parreira is a postdoctoral associate at Princeton’s Department of Near Eastern Studies. Her research focuses on how local institutions affect patterns of regime durability and change, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her dissertation uses local electoral data, an original survey, and 142 interviews from 18 months of fieldwork to show how center-periphery ties shape governance outcomes in Lebanon. The dissertation shows that governing elites in Lebanon’s central state have continually relied on municipal governments to selectively reward electoral loyalty and punish opposition, foreclosing opportunities to hold incumbents accountable at the ballot box. While this strategy extinguished electoral competition in the short run, it set the stage for more contentious forms of protest opposition in the longer-term.
Christiana received her PhD from Stanford in 2020. At Stanford, she was affiliated with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship program. Her dissertation research was funded by the Abbasi Program, the Freeman Spogli Institute, the Stanford King Center on Global Development, and the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. In Lebanon, she is an affiliate of the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Synaps, and Lebanon Support.