Denis J. Sullivan

Areas of Study

Comparative Politics, Middle East Studies, Islamism, Egyptian Politics, Arab-Israeli Conflict

Selected Publications

  • “Egypt” (2011). In The Middle East and North Africa 2011. London: Routledge.
  • ‘Will the Muslim Brotherhood “Run” in 2010?’ Arab Reform Bulletin, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,, May 2009
  • Egypt: Global Security Watch, (with Kimberly Jones) Praeger Publishers, New York, June 2008
  • “Egypt”, Countries at the Crossroads: A Survey of Democratic Governance. A Freedom House Publication, 2007
  • “Egypt” in Sarah Repucci & Christopher Walker (Eds.), Countries at the Crossroads: A Survey of Democratic Governance (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). A Freedom House Publication. 2005
  • “The U.S.-Egypt Partnership: Are Human Rights Included?” Human Rights Implementation Project, Debra Liang-Fenton, ed. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace. (Chap. 13, pp. 401-431). 2004
  • “The Struggle For Egypt”s Future”, Current History, January 2003
  • The World Bank and the Palestinian NGO Project: From Service Delivery to Sustainable Development. Jerusalem: Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA), 2001
  • Islam in Contemporary Egypt: Civil Society vs. the State. (with Sana Abed Kotob) Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1999
  • “Destroying AID through ‘Reinvention': The Threat of Outsourcing and Integration.” Foreign Service Journal, May 1998
  • “State and Civil Society in Conflict in Egypt.” Middle East Affairs Journal 3:1-2 (Winter/Spring 1997)
  • U.S. Development Assistance to the Middle East: Critical Perspectives. Two special issues of Middle East Policy Journal (October/December 1996) (co-edited with Sara Roy)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations and Freedom of Association in Egypt and Palestine: A Comparative Analysis. Jerusalem: Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, 1995

Selected Professional Activities

  • CASA III- Center for Arabic Study Abroad,
  • American University in Cairo, Arabic Language and Research Fellowship (December 2008 – May 2009).
  • US Department of Education Title VI, “Undergraduate International Studies & Foreign Language Program”,
  • Principal Investigator. Project to create Middle East Studies Major & enhance language training (principally Arabic and Hebrew).
  • Elected Member, Arlington School Committee, 1997-2003
  • Consultant to the World Bank and U.S. State Department
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Advisor to Palestinian Authority, 1998-1999
  • Visiting Researcher, Bir Zeit University, West Bank, 1995-1996
  • Fulbright Regional Regional Research Grant, West Bank/Gaza and Egypt, 1995-1996
  • United States Agency for International Development, Election Observer in Morocco, 1993
  • Fulbright Senior Research Grant, Egypt, 1990-1991

Recent Courses Taught


  • POLS 3470- Arab-Israeli Conflict


  • POL 7377 Arab-Israeli Dispute