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Research interests

I joined the University of Bath in September of 2018 following a post-doctoral fellowship at Qatar University. 

Research Areas:

  • Middle East / Arab Gulf
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Social Policy
  • Gender and Identity

My research agenda seeks to shed light on how identity shapes public opinion and governance outcomes in resource-dependent contexts. My dissertation explored issues of representation and governance in Latin America, themes that I have explored in the context of the Middle East during my fellowship with Qatar University. Not only did my work in Qatar give me a front row seat to politics and society in the Arab Gulf, it allowed me to develop and refine research methods appropriate to conducting high quality academic work within the region. My book chapter about research methods in the Middle East is currently in revision (Edinburgh University Press).

The fruit of this research trajectory can be seen in both my academic and policy-oriented publications. For example, in an article published in Governance, my coauthors and I examine the tendency of elite survey respondents in closed regimes to exaggerate good governance. While in another paper in the Journal of Women Politics and Policy, I examine perceptions of female candidates in local elections using a field experiment. Building on this work, a manuscript currently under review examines the intersection of ethnic and gender identities and voting behavior in Qatar using a conjoint survey experiment. Meanwhile, coauthored work on identity and migration decision-making published in Population Space and Place, demonstrates my ability to design, analyze and publish experimental work on pressing policy issues. More recently, results from another survey about women in politics in the Arab world have become available and are in the pipeline for analysis and publication.

 My current work at the University of Bath allows me to expand the scope of my research to include more countries in the broader Middle East and North Africa as well as return to lessons learned during my time in Latin America. Dr. Rana Jawad and I are currently coauthoring a paper that examines social assistance in the global South, contrasting the experiences of Latin America with those in the Middle East. With grant funding from the Carnegie Institute, we have plans for both academic research and policy engagement in Egypt. Alongside colleagues from Cairo University and the American University in Cairo, we will examine the impact of social assistance in Egypt and host a policy lab event for relevant policymakers and international actors.

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University


External positions

Post-doctoral Researcher, Qatar University


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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2016 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)

Attracting and retaining expatriates in Qatar during an era of uncertainty: Would you stay or would you go?

Ewers, M. C. & Shockley, B., 1 Jul 2018, In : Population, Space and Place. 24, 5, e2134.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Open Access

Exaggerating good governance: Regime type and score inflation among executive survey informants

Shockley, B., Ewers, M., Nardis, Y. & Gengler, J., 1 Oct 2018, In : Governance. 31, 4, p. 643-664 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Testing Western Media Icons Influence on Arab Women’s Body Size and Shape Ideals: An Experimental Approach

Khaled, S., Shockley, B., Qutteina, Y., Kimmel, L. & Trung, K., 27 Aug 2018, In : Social Sciences. 7, 9, 142.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

The effects of citizenship status on service utilization and general satisfaction with healthcare: a cross-cultural study

Khaled, S. M., Shockley, B. & Abdul Rahim, H. F., 1 Feb 2017, In : International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 29, 1, p. 47-54 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle