Scott Weiner

Scott Weiner

Davis-Hodgkins House


Scott Weiner is a sixth year Ph.D candidate in the Political Science doctoral program.  His research focuses on the politics of kinship in the Middle East.  Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Scott worked as a researcher at a think tank and a defense contractor, both in Washington, D.C., where he analyzed Arab elections and media, and translated insurgent messaging.  He has presented work at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference and the Annual Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention.  Scott is also chair of the Middle East Discussion Group of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, an 8,000 member non-profit organization based in Washington. 

Curriculum Vitae

Current Research

My dissertation uses extensive archival work and interviews conducted in three countries to explain variation in the political salience of kinship and tribal identity. I contend that historic patterns of resource distribution constrain states’ outreach to kinship groups. Based on 7 months of field work in Kuwait and Oman, I show that cooperative or competitive access to vital limited resources shapes whether states make deals with kinship groups directly, or subsume proto-    bureaucratic institutions into the state apparatus. These conclusions are based on a systematic examination of thousands of pages of archival documents in English and Arabic. I supplemented this archival work with 52 semi-structured interviews with current and former government officials, tribal leaders, local experts, and university students.


  • B.A. Tufts University

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