Sharan Grewal

Sharan Grewal

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy

Sharan Grewal is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. He is also an assistant professor of government at William & Mary and a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy. He received a doctorate in politics from Princeton University in 2018.

Sharan’s research examines revolutions and democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. His first book, “Soldiers of Democracy? Military Legacies and the Arab Spring,” was published with Oxford University Press in 2023, and explores the conditions under which militaries support or thwart democratic transitions. His academic work has also been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies, among other journals. He has written for Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, POMED, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and has been interviewed by the New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and Reuters, among others.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Algeria
    • Civil-military relations
    • Democratization
    • Political Islam
    • Security studies
  • Current Positions

    • Assistant Professor of Government, College of William & Mary
  • Education

    • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2018
    • M.A., Princeton University, 2015
    • B.S., Georgetown University, 2013
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