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Dr Lise Storm

Research Interests

My research is located in the Middle East Social Sciences cluster within the IAIS, and I am a member of the cross-departmental CEMAP, which focuses on electoral and party politics. 

My main research interests are:

  • Party politics
  • Islamist parties
  • Ethnic parties and movements
  • Elections
  • Democratization processes
  • Democracy promotion/assistance
  • Party aid
  • Authoritarianism and mechanisms of regime survival
  • Politics in 'hybrid' regimes
  • Party system institutionalization
  • Mechanisms of regime survival in non-democratic states

I work on all of the above themes, mainly within the context of the Middle East. However, I also focus extensively on Latin America.

Research Supervision

I am happy to supervise students working on democracy, democratization, authoritarianism, political parties, and party system institutionalization. The cases studied do not necessarily have to be Middle Eastern – as an associate of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies (EXCEPS) and the Centre for Latin American Studies (CLAS), I also welcome students working on Latin American and African politics.

I expect my students to reside in the UK and/or to travel to Exeter on a regular basis (at least once every two months).

Students supervised by me must have a firm grounding in political science.

Research Students

I have seen quite a number of students through to completion, most recently Dr Anaïd Flesken (co-supervised with Prof. Stansfield), who worked on the relationship between electoral systems and ethnic conflict in Latin America.

At present I supervise:

Ms Mona Farag (who works on women in Islamist parties)

Mr Abdelouahed Motaouakal (on al-Adl wal-Ihsan)

Ms Billie Jeanne Brownlee (Syrian media and resistance)

Ms Emman el-Badawy (education and democracy in Egypt)

Ms Katherine Berrisford (FGM and political theory)

Mr Nathaniel Handy (Turkish politics)

Mr Hussein Marei (Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt)