Professor Melani Cammett


Professor Melani Cammett

Melani Cammett is Professor of Government at Harvard University. Cammett's recent books include Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2014), which explores how politics shape the distribution of welfare goods by ethnic and sectarian organizations, and A Political Economy of the Middle East (co-authored with Ishac Diwan, Westview Press 2015), which analyzes the interplay of economic, political and social factors in economic and social development in the region. Her co-edited book, The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South (Cornell University Press 2014), examines the origins, evolution and consequences of non-state welfare provision for state-building and human security in diverse regions. Cammett’s current research explores governance and the politics of social service provision by public, private and non-state actors in the Middle East. During 2013-2014, she was based at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Takemi Fellow in International Health to work on this project with support from the Mellon Foundation. She has also published numerous articles in academic and policy journals.

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