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Data Collection and Fieldwork

I have conducted original data collection and extensive fieldwork in many Middle East countries. In 2013, I initiated the Governance and Elections in the Middle East Project (GEMEP). In addition, I administered public opinion surveys and survey experiments in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Morocco. I have also done fieldwork and interviews in Jordan, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco.

  • The Governance and Elections in the Middle East Project (GEMEP): I am the Principal Investigator (PI) of the GEMEP that I have initiated since joining Rice University in 2013. I led a team of multi-lingual researchers to gather data on the legislative activities of Arab parliaments (i.e., bills, roll call votes and parliamentary questions), district-level characteristics, variations in electoral laws both within and across countries, legislative committee appointments and leadership. We also collected legislator-level data such as age, gender, political affiliation, level of education, and political expertise. Currently, this is the only comprehensive dataset that offers invaluable insights on the micro-dynamics of electoral institutions across the region.

  • More than 20, 000 parliamentary questions and bills translated and systematically coded according to the Comparative Agenda Project (CAP) coding scheme.

  • Complete datasets on legislators’ profiles, affiliations in addition to other individual and district-level data.


Research Associates: Luai Allarakia, Abdullah Aydogan, Leila Elimam, Ariana Marnicio, Adan Obeid, Khalid Saleh, Dina Shahrokhi

Research Interns: Naomi Eisenbeiss, Yasna Haghdoost, Kimberly Rightor, Mackenzie Mott, Lucian Li, Lana Elserag, Annum Sadana


Visiting the Moroccan Parliament in January 2020 while doing fieldwork

  • Women Membership in Legislative Committees in Arab Parliaments: An original dataset of committee appointments collected between October 2016- April 2018 from five Arab legislatures: Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Tunisia (n=4580).


  • Drivers of Political Tolerance in Transitioning and Non-democracies: Survey experiments conducted in Egypt in May 2016 (n=1600) and Tunisia in July 2017 (n=1800). Collected with Mazen Hassan (Cairo University).


  • Gender and Corruption in Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco: Nationally representative surveys of adults collected from Lebanon in April 2015 (n= 1200), Tunisia in July 2017 (n=1800) and Morocco in September 2017 (n=1200).


  • Public Opinion Data on Gender Stereotypes in Morocco: (n=1200).


  • Expert Survey Data on the Dynamics of Political Parties’ Competition: Using a comprehensive list of MENA scholars and country experts, this dataset offers unique insights on the ideological placement of political parties in 12 MENA countries using context and country specific issue areas.


  • Political Parties’ Ideological Placement: Public Opinion Surveys in Morocco and Tunisia.


  • Women in Local Elections in Turkey: Candidates and Winners Data from Turkish Local Councils in 2009 and 2014.


  • Interview data with legislators from Tunisia, Jordan, Kuwait, Algeria, and Morocco.

© 2020 Marwa Shalaby

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