Poverty & Inequality

Understanding Marginalized Communities in the Arab World through Social Science Research: Gaining Insight, Enhancing Capacity, Building Collaborations, Contributing to Solutions

  • CPS

Project Summary

For this proposal, we propose to tackle two primary gaps: 1) the lack of practical solutions for improving the lives of marginalized groups in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); and 2) the skills gap facing junior Arab social scientists in MENA to produce rigorous, data-based, problem-focused (and also scholarly) research at the highest levels.

Our project seeks to fill these two critical gaps by bringing together ten junior researchers - assistant professors or post-doctoral researchers - with the goal of helping them develop a research project into marginalized communities in MENA. A key element will be a newly designed syllabus developed by the project leaders that will include readings, exercises, and problem sets designed to help participants understand the research process more fully, beginning with translating important issues and problems into researchable puzzles and, thereafter, to engage theory, develop testable hypotheses, determine the procedures by which these hypotheses will be tested, collect the necessary data, and carry out the analysis of these data. Additionally, the workshops will help the scholars consider publication strategies, including in academic papers, policy forums, and to the media more broadly.


Carnegie Corporation of New York


  • Mark A. Tessler

Project Period

2018-01-01 - 2019-12-31