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Quinn Mecham

Associate Professor


Quinn Mecham is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Coordinator for Middle East Studies. He joined the BYU Department of Political Science in September 2013. He taught previously at Middlebury College and at George Washington University. He was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University, and was a Franklin Fellow in Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, 2006
  • M.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, 1999
  • B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, 1997

Research Interests

Quinn's research interests focus on the political mobilization in the Islamic world, including elections, protest, and political violence. He also focuses on political participation in authoritarian regimes. He has written extensively on the Arab world and on Turkey. His current project is on the behavior of Islamist political parties in the Middle East and Asia.