Dana El Kurd received her PhD in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Her dissertation explores how international patrons affect authoritarian conditions in the Palestinian territories. She also works on the effect of authoritarian strategies on mobilization, social cohesion, and violence. Dana writes regularly for outlets such as Al-Araby al-Jadeed, The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, and Foreign Affairs. She currently works as a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.