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Andrew M.

Spath
Department of Political Science Rutgers University 89 George Street, Hickman Hall New Brunswick, NJ 08901 andrew.spath@rutgers.edu www.andrewspath.com US: 347.772.8411 Jordan/WB: 079.689.7514

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS Comparative Politics, Politics and Society of the Middle East, Authoritarian Regimes, Contentious Politics, Protest and Repression, Conflict Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis EDUCATION PhD MA BA Political Science, Rutgers University, expected 2014 Fields: Comparative Politics (Middle East), International Relations Political Science, Rutgers University, 2013 Political Science and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Indiana University, 2007

Additional Training: Qasid Arabic Institute, Amman, Jordan, 2012-2013 (MSA and Colloquial Arabic) MALIC Arabic Language Center, Amman, Jordan, 2013 (Media Arabic) Advanced Regression Analysis, ICPSR, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011 Time Series Analysis and Forecasting, ICPSR, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011 Maximum Likelihood Estimation for GLM, Rutgers University, Spring 2011 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & APPOINTMENTS Associate Scholar Foreign Policy Research Institute, Program on the Middle East, 2012-13 Visiting Research Associate Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, Amman, Jordan, 2013 Anna Lindh Foundation Jordan Network, Amman, Jordan, 2013 Research Assistant Jan Kubik, Protest and Civil Society in New Democracies Project, 2011-2012 Eric M. Davis, Attitudes of Arab Youth Project, 2007-2009 Board member, Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, 2007-present DISSERTATION When Leaders Change: State, Society, and Succession in Jordan, Syria, and Beyond Committee: Jan Kubik, Robert Kaufman , Toby Jones, Ellen Lust

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Andrew M. Spath My dissertation analyzes how leadership change affects political activism in non-democratic regimes. It examines the hereditary successions in Jordan (1999) and Syria (2000), challenging the conventional view that regular successions those following pre-established rules and consensus through elite bargaining in authoritarian regimes reflect constancy in the relationship between ruler and ruled. I argue that leader change increases political activism in the near-term with lasting effects on government-opposition relations. The case studies are the result of two years of fieldwork in 2008 and 2012-2014. In addition to formal and informal interviews, I use within-case event data analysis through the coding of English and Arabic newspapers to generate an original dataset of government-activist interaction during the succession period. I extend my assertions beyond Jordan and Syria with regional and global examinations of the effect of nondemocratic succession on political contention using pooled cross-sectional time-series analysis. PUBLISHED WORK Non-peer reviewed 2013 Elections in Jordan: Victory for Reform or More of the Same? Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Notes, February 2013. Reform Not Revolution: Arab Spring in Jordan, Fair Observer, February 2013. 2012 2009 Syrian Opposition: Myths and Realities, Foreign Policy Research Institute ENotes, January 2012. Simulating the Iraqi Parliament: Benefits of a Non-Traditional Approach to Teaching Iraqi Political Development, Newsletter of the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII), 4:2 (Fall 2009).

WORKS IN PROGRESS Leadership Change and Civil Society Activism: Comparing Jordan, Syria, and Palestine Succession and Civil Strife: Assessing Leader Succession and Turbulence in Transition Steam Valve or Accelerant? Elections and Contention in Authoritarian Regimes Learning Government-Opposition Interaction in the First Person: A Critical Events Simulation TEACHING Courses Taught Authoritarian Regimes: Institutions & Practices (Spring 2012) Self-proposed and designed with Dissertation Teaching Award, Rutgers University Arab Politics and Society (Spring 2010) Contemporary Politics of the Middle East (Summer 2009, 2010; Fall 2009, 2010) Model United Nations (Spring 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) Expository Writing (Fall 2010, 2011)

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Andrew M. Spath Teaching Projects Facilitating Instructor, Rutgers Transliteratures Project Arabic language modules, Authoritarian Regimes course, Spring 2012 Arabic language modules, Arab Politics & Society course, Spring 2010 Curriculum Development, Simulation of Iraqi Parliament Iraqi Political Development, Rutgers University, Spring 2009 Teaching Assistant Introduction to International Relations (2008-9) Law and Politics (2009-10) FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS My research has drawn over $90,000 in federal grants; $25,500 from Rutgers University; and $2,500 in private grants. 2013-14 2012-13 2012-13 2012 2012 2012 2011-12 2011 2011 2007-8 2008 2008 Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (Jordan) Fulbright Fellowship, Dissertation Research Grant (Jordan) NSEP David L. Boren Fellowship (Jordan, West Bank) Critical Language Enhancement Award (Arabic), U.S. Department of State Special Study Fellowship (Arabic language), Rutgers Graduate School, Summer Conference Travel Award, Rutgers Graduate School, Summer Dissertation Teaching Award, Rutgers University (university-wide recognition awarded annually for outstanding teaching by a graduate student) Special Study Fellowship (ICPSR Statistics), Rutgers Graduate School, Summer Critical Language Scholarship (Arabic), U.S. Department of State (Alternate) Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2007-2008 Emma Feigley Overseas Mission Grant, Summer Research 2008 Donald Sinish Memorial Scholarship, Summer Research 2008 Academic All-American, National Forensic League CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 2013 Competing Visions: Remaking the relationship between ruler and ruled in Abdullahs Jordan. Middle East Studies Association. New Orleans, 11 October 2013. Steam Valve or Accelerant? Elections and Contention in Authoritarian Regimes. American Political Science Association. Chicago, 29 August 2013.

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Andrew M. Spath 2012 Succession and Stability in Non-Democratic Regimes. American Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA. (Paper accepted, conference canceled) Teaching Authoritarianism with Critical Event Simulation. American Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA. (Paper accepted, conference canceled) Leadership Succession and State-Society Interaction in Jordan, Syria, and Palestine. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, 14 April. Learning Authoritarianism in the First Person: Simulating Critical Events in Authoritarian Politics. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, 14 April. 2011 Turbulence in Transition? Leader Succession and Government-Activist Interaction in Jordan and Syria. Middle East Studies Association. Washington DC, 4 December. Reconceptualizing Judicial Politics in the Muslim World: Executive-Judiciar(ies) Interaction in Egypt under Nasser and Sadat. Rutgers Political Science Graduate Student Conference. New Brunswick, NJ, 5 February. Kids in Combat: An Empirical Study on the Impact of Children in Intra-state Conflict. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, 4 April 2009.

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FIELDWORK 2013-14 2012-13 2008 2006 Jordan Funded dissertation research Jordan and West Bank Funded dissertation research and extensive Arabic training Syria and Jordan (Summer) Preliminary dissertation research and research on Iraqi communities West Bank (Summer) Undergraduate Honors Thesis on the Palestinian Legislative Council

INVITED PRESENTATIONS 2013 2012 Middle East Uprisings: A Tour of the Neighborhood, 9 September. Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP), Fort Wayne, IN Crisis Simulation Introduction: Regional Effects of Syrias Civil War, 24 July. Julian Krinsky International Affairs with Model UN Program, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Esh-shab Yuriid (The People Want): Syrian Society amid Uprising and Insurrection, 7 June. ICMEP, Fort Wayne, IN Syrias Uprising after Two Springs: Where Things Stand and Possible Futures, 20 May. Bucks County Democratic Party Meeting, Yardley, PA. The Politics of Religion in the Syrian Uprising, 20 March. Christ Congregation Church, Princeton, NJ

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Andrew M. Spath Prospects for Regime Change in North Africa, 24 February. Philadelphia Model UN Conference, Institute for Domestic & International Affairs (IDIA), Philadelphia, PA 2011 New States, New Regimes, Old Problems: The Case of Transitionland, 11 November. Rutgers Model UN Conference, (IDIA), New Brunswick, NJ U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy in the Middle East, 15 April. Rutgers Model Congress Conference, IDIA, New Brunswick, NJ Global Politics and Simulated Learning at the College Level, 15 April. Montessori Model United Nations Conference. Brooklyn, NY. 2010 Situational Comedy and Reconciliation: Reflections on Avoda Aravit (Arab Labor), 18 December. Highland Park Temple - Congregation Anshe Emeth, Highland Park, NJ. Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Workshop, 13 November. Rutgers Model UN Conference, IDIA, New Brunswick, NJ 2009 OPEC and the Political Economy of Oil Today, 21 November. Rutgers Model UN Conference, IDIA, New Brunswick, NJ Iraqs Exiles and Prospects for Return, 18 April. Rutgers Model Congress Conference, IDIA, New Brunswick, NJ 2008 Failed States: Policy alternatives for the UN, 21 November. Rutgers Model UN Conference, IDIA, New Brunswick, NJ Deconstructing Religion in State-Breaking and State-Making, 16 February. Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, Fort Wayne, IN 2007 History at the Crossroads in Palestine and Israel: Obstacles to and Prospects for a Just Peace, 14-15 April. Middle East Peace Education Project, Fort Wayne, IN

DEPARTMENT AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE & ACTIVITIES 2012 Symposium Organizer, A Second Spring: Cross-Disciplinary Reflections on a Year of Revolts in the Middle East, Dr. Eva Bellin and Dr. Amaney Jamal. Rutgers University, 5 April. Co-founder and Treasurer, Middle East Studies Graduate Forum (MESGF), Rutgers University, 2011-present Discussant, Second Year Graduate Student Conference, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, 1 May. Discussant, Emerging Trends Lecture Series, Severine Autessere, Peacebuilding in Practice: An Ethnography of International Intervention, 27 January. Consultant and Reviewer, Rutgers World Affairs Review Undergraduate Journal Symposium Organizer, Iraq & Afghanistan: Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy, Dr. Richard Schmierer and Dr. Abdulkader Sinno. Rutgers University, 13 April. Senator, Rutgers University Senate, Graduate & Professional Ed. Committee
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2011-12 2012 2012 2010 2009 2009-10

Andrew M. Spath 2009-10 2009-10 2008-09 2008-09 Faculty Liaison, Department of Political Science Comparative Subfield Representative, Graduate Program Advisory Committee Culture and Politics Symposium Series Coordinator, with Professor Jan Kubik Steering Committee Member, Political Science Graduate Student Association

RESEARCH SKILLS Languages Arabic Advanced reading, writing, conversational French Intermediate reading ability Data Processing, Computing, & Statistical Programs STATA SPSS Estima RATS (Regression Analysis of Time Series) TABARI Machine Coding Software PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS American Political Science Association (APSA) Middle East Studies Association (MESA) International Studies Association (ISA) Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

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