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Kira Jumet’s research focuses on protest mobilization leading up to and during the 2011 and 2013 Egyptian uprisings, including the relationship between emotions and protest participation. Jumet recently wrote the book, Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested During the Arab Spring, published by Oxford University Press.

She previously was the director of development at the American Iranian Council and has taught at the College of Staten Island, Rutgers University, and Marymount Manhattan College. Jumet received her bachelor's in international relations and Middle East studies from Brown University, her master's in Middle East studies from the American University in Cairo, and her doctorate in political science from Rutgers University.

Recent Courses Taught

International Relations
Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern States
Politics in the Middle East

Research Interests

Comparative politics, Middle East politics, international relations, Middle East regional security, democratization, social movements, qualitative research methods

Select Publications

  • Jumet, K.D. (2017). Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested During the Arab Spring. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Jumet, K.D. (2013, September 8). The Crisis in Egypt: Notes from Rabaa Al-Adawiya The New Middle East.
  • Jumet, K.D. (2013, March 13). Making Sense of the Arab Spring: Conducting Research on the Egyptian Uprising. The New Middle East.
  • Baiasu, K.D. (2013, April 13). Social Media: A Force for Political Change in Egypt. The New Middle East.
  • Baiasu, K.D. (2009). Sustaining Authoritarian Rule: The Rise of the Business Class and Descent of the Ulama in Saudi Arabia. Northwestern Journal of International Affairs, X (I), 92-109.
  • Baiasu, K.D. (2009, August/ September). Economic Development: Impediments and Possibilities for the Growth of the Palestinian Economy. A Different View, 32, 7-12.
  • Baiasu, K.D. (2010). Review of Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam and Democracy in the Arab World, by Bruce K. Rutherford. CEU Political Science Journal, 5(2), 280-283.

Professional Affiliations

American Political Science Association
Middle East Studies Association
National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D. Rutgers University
M.A. Rutgers University
M.A. The American University in Cairo
A.B. Brown University

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