Meet Nadia Eldemerdash, 2021 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2021. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.

Nadia Eldemerdash, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Nadia Eldemerdash is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her research interests revolve around migration, transnationalism and diasporas, and Middle East and North African politics. Her dissertation asks how migrants’ economic contributions to and political involvement in their home countries affect political and social outcomes in those countries, and conceives of migration as a complex process involving the continuous transfer of people, ideas, norms, and money across borders. Her dissertation focuses particularly on the MENA region, examining the effects of diaspora engagement on both sending households and states. She is particularly interested in how diaspora representatives in state legislatures see their roles in the domestic politics of their home countries, and how they affect social, economic, and political change in those countries. She will use the APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to fund interviews with diaspora politicians and activists.

Nadia’s other research interests include climate change and how migration and related phenomena, such as remittances, mitigate and/or exacerbate its effects on contention and conflict. She is also interested in how social and political conditions in the country-of-origin affect the ways in which migrants and their descendants integrate into host societies. Prior to UNLV, Nadia received a BA in Mass Communication from the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto in Canada.