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Anne Marie Baylouny, Ph.D.

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(831) 656-2739
Office Address:
Glasgow Hall, Room 393

Associate Professor

Middle East, Refugees, Islam, Social Welfare


Anne Marie Baylouny is associate professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, specializing in Middle East politics, grassroots organizing, and Islam. Baylouny received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Privatizing Welfare in the Middle East: Kin Mutual Aid Associations in Jordan and Lebanon (Indiana University Press, 2010), analyzes new civil society welfare institutions created from economic reform policies, which solidify new and old identities. She traveled and lived extensively in the Middle East, living in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Her recent work includes publications on militia governments in the Lebanese civil war, Hezbollah’s media messages, and authority in ungoverned spaces.

Baylouny has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards—Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. Before entering academia, she was spokesperson on discrimination and human rights for a national Arab American organization. Baylouny speaks Arabic (classical and Levantine dialects), Italian, French, and some Spanish.

Teaching Interests: 

Comparative Politics of the Middle East

Social Mobilization and Conflict in the Middle East

Islam: History, Culture, Politics

Refugees & Diaspora

Recent Publications:

Water Thieves or Political Catalysts? Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon,” co-authored with Stephen Klingeis, Middle East Policy 25, no. 1 (Spring 2018).

Cash is King: Financial Sponsorship and Changing Priorities in the Syrian Civil War,” co-author Creighton Mullins, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 42, no, 3 (2017).

Born Volent: Armed PoliticalParties and Non-state Governance in Lebanon’s Civil War,” Small Wars & Insurgencies 25, no. 2 (2014): 329-353.

Building an Integrated Military in Post-Conflict Societies: Lebanon,” Thomas Bruneau and Cristiana Matei eds., Handbook on Civil-Military Relations, Routledge, 2012.

Hizbollah’s Women: Internal Transformation in a Social Movement and Militia,” in Social Movements, Mobilization and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, eds. Joel Beinin and Frédéric Vairel, 163-180. Stanford University Press, 2011.

Authority Outside the State: Non-state Actors and New Institutions in the Middle East,” in Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to State Authority in an Era of Softened Sovereignty, edited by Anne L. Clunan and Harold Trinkunas, 136–52. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.

Not Your Father’s Islamist TV: Changing Programming on Hizbullah’s al-Manar,” Arab Media & Society, no. 9 (Fall 2009),

Fragmented Space and Violence in Palestine,” International Journal on World Peace 26, no. 3 (September 2009), 5–34.

Professor Baylouny’s CV here

Google Scholar page here.