Lisa Blaydes is Assistant Professor of Political Science and a faculty affiliate of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. She is the author of Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak's Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Professor Blaydes received the 2009 Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation in the field of comparative politics from the American Political Science Association for this project. Her articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Civil Wars, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Middle East Journal, Terrorism and Political Violence and World Politics. During the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic years, Professor Blaydes was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She holds degrees in Political Science (Ph.D.) from the University of California, Los Angeles and International Relations (BA, MA) from Johns Hopkins University.