Yasmeen Mekawy is a PhD student in Political Science. Her areas of specialization are Comparative Politics and Political Theory with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her research interests include authoritarian regimes, new media, and resistance. She wrote her MA thesis on "Democratic Deliberation and Political Performance in the Egyptian Blogosphere," and spent the year of 2010-2011 in Cairo on an Arabic language fellowship (CASA). She plans to write her dissertation on the Egyptian Revolution and is particularly interested in the creation and deployment of oppositional discursive frames and their relationship to mass mobilization. She received an individualized BA degree from New York University.