Carolyn Barnett studies comparative politics with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Her research focuses on social and economic policymaking and women’s economic and political participation and combines qualitative and quantitative methods, including survey and field experiments. At Princeton she works as a research assistant for the Arab Barometer, has helped teach courses on applied quantitative analysis and political Islam, and served as coordinator of the Politics department's Qualitative Research Colloquium.

Previously, Carolyn was a research fellow with the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, publishing analyses of social, economic, and political developments across MENA. She holds an M.Sc. in Middle East politics and an M.A. in Islamic studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she studied as a Marshall scholar, and a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She has held Fulbright scholarships to Egypt (2009-2010) to study at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) and to Morocco (2018-2019) for dissertation research.

Selected Honors and Awards

Fulbright Scholarships (Morocco, 2018-2019; Egypt 2009-2010) 

Marshall Scholarship (UK, 2010-2012) 

Princeton Centennial Fellowship (2015-present)