Steven Brooke

Position title: Faculty Director and Associate Professor


Phone: (608) 263-2277

Department of Political Science
402 North Hall

Steven is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS)   He is also a non-resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative.

Steven’s research and teaching focuses on comparative politics, religion and politics, and the politics of the Middle East.  His first book, Winning Hearts and Votes: Social Services and the Islamist Political Advantage, looks at how and why non-state groups provide social services, with an empirical focus on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and the British Journal of Middle East Studies.

Steven joined the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the Summer of 2019 after three years on the faculty at the University of Louisville.  He received his Ph.D. in Government in 2015 from The University of Texas at Austin, and before that an M.A. in Government (also at UT-Austin) as well as a M.A. in History at George Mason University.  His B.A. is in International Affairs and History from James Madison University.

Tsela Barr

Position title: Assistant Director


Phone: (608) 262-5666

324 Ingraham Hall

Csanád Siklós

Credentials: Middle East Studies Certificate Advisor

Position title: Associate Director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS)


To set up appointments students can go to Starfish.

Andy Spencer

Position title: Academic Librarian


Phone: (608) 262-0343

Memorial Library
Room 212F

Abdullahi Ahmed

Position title: Financial Specialist & TEMS Coordinator


Phone: (608) 265-6916

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