Justin Curtis

About Justin Curtis

I am broadly interested in authoritarian politics, especially the interactive effects of repression and cooptation in regime durability. I have a regional focus on the Muslim world, which has led me to a study of political Islam in the context of authoritarian, hybrid, and democratizing states. I am specificaly drawn to the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a dynamic authoritiarian regime that has relied heavily on a particularly fringe interpretation of Islamic law.  

Areas of Study

My major field is comparative politics, and my minor field is Middle East and North African studies.


The role of executive institutions in authoritarian regimes.

The role of semi-democratic instittuions in authoritarian durability. 

Mapping Islamic political ideologies (with Faten Ghosn)

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Justin Curtis
PhD Student