Bozena Welborne, Ph.D.

Bozena WelborneAssistant Professor

Interests: Comparative Politics: Middle East and North Africa, Democracy and Development, Women and Politics, International Political Economy and International Security.


Ph.D. Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Political Science, 2010  
M.A. Political Science University of Colorado, Boulder, Political Science, 2006 
B.A. International Political Economy, Colorado College, 2002 



Dr. Bozena Welborne currently teaches courses in Middle East Politics, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, and Global Development at the University of Nevada at Reno. Her present research focuses on the impact of Arab Diaspora networks and foreign financial incentives on institutional reform, norms diffusion, and social change in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Welborne’s research has been supported by Fulbright, Boren, and FLAS fellowships as well as through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington, D.C. Her work has most recently been published in Political Research Quarterly andby the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. Her current book project, based on two years of field research across Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain and Yemen, is entitled Between the Veil and the Vote: Exploring Women's Political Agency in the Arab World and considers the variation in women's political influence across the region.


"Smart Economics: Exploring the Impact of Foreign Capital on the Adoption of Gender Quotas in the Arab World" under review at Politics and Gender.

"De Jure vs. De Facto: Exploring the Substance of Women's Rights in the Arab World."

"Follow the Money: Exploring the Connection Between Arab Emigrant Diasporas and Social Policy Change in the Middle East" with Dr. Aubrey Westfall.

"Women's Rights and the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 1990-2007" with Dr. Robert Ostergard, Dr. Shawna Sweeney, and R.J. Boyajian.

"Veil and the Voice: Exploring Muslim Women's Attitudes towards Veiling in the United States" with Dr. Ozge Celik, Dr. Sarah Tobin, Dr. Aubrey Westfall, and Dr. Susanne Martin.

"Blood for Money: The Impact of Private Military Companies on the Emergence and
Duration of Civil War in Africa."

“Debt for Peace: Multilateral Debt and its Role in Demilitarizing the Developing World.”

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Bozena Welborne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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