Daniel Tavana

Daniel Tavana

Associate Research Fellow

Dr. Daniel L. Tavana is an Associate Research Fellow at The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).

Dr. Daniel L. Tavana is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) at Université Toulouse 1 Capitole. His research interests include a focus on elections, identity, and comparative political behavior, as well as the dynamics of political opposition in authoritarian regimes. He studies these issues in the Middle East and North Africa, where he uses a variety of methods and sources of data to study electoral politics.

His research is motivated by a broader interest in understanding the origins of contemporary patterns of mass politics across the region. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in September 2021. 

Areas of Expertise
Electoral politics, authoritarianism, political opposition, surveys and public opinion 

English, Persian, Arabic 

Truex, R. & Tavana, D.L., "Implicit Attitudes toward an Authoritarian Regime"Journal of Politics, 81(3), 2019
Harris, K. & Tavana, D.L. "Polling an Islamic Republic: The Iran Social Survey", Middle East and North Africa Politics Section Newsletter, American Political Science Association, 2019
Tavana, D.L. & Parreira, C., "Lebanon’s 2018 Election: New Measures and the Resilience of the Status Quo", Lebanon Support, 2019
"The Evolution of the Kuwaiti ‘Opposition’: Electoral Politics after the Arab Spring", Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, 2018
Harris, K. & Tavana, D.L., "Voter Behavior and Political Mobilization in Iran: Findings from", European Middle East Research Group (EMERG), 2017 

Tavana, D.L. & al-Khonaini, A., "Kuwait Voted This Weekend. Who Won?", Monkey Cage, Washington Post2020


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