Dina Rashed is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, specializing in civil-military relations, violence, authoritarian regimes, state-society relations and Middle East Politics. Her reseach examines dynamics of domestic security arrangements in authoritarian regimes. In her dissertation, she investigates how domestic and external threats impact relationships between presidents and states’ institutions of force (militaries and police forces), and the impact of forms of domestic coercive control on regime persistence. Her comparative research draws upon experiences of political development in Egypt, Algeria and Mexico. The project employs multi-method research design including institutional historical analysis and ethnography. Dina’s work is at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations. She holds a BSc in Political Science from Cairo University, an MA in International Studies from DePaul University, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.