Research Interests

My research revolves around transnational political and social links and how diasporas exert influence on their home countries through institutional and economic opportunities. I focus primarily on the Middle East and North Africa, looking at diaspora impacts on contention and public behavior in the region.

My research relies primarily on survey data to examine interpersonal dynamics and individual public opinion and behaviors. I have fielded independent online surveys as well as used publicly available survey data to answer questions such as: how does experience with migration affect a person’s attitudes towards their country of origin? How does knowing a migrant affect a person’s perception of their own country? How does conflict in a person’s country of origin affect their political leanings and activism?

Other research interests I am pursuing include the effects of climate change on conflict and how conditions in the migrants’ countries-of-origin affect their integration in their host country.


Eldemerdash, Nadia, and Steven T. Landis. (forthcoming). “The Divergent Effects of Remittance Transfers for Post-Disaster States.” Economics of Disasters and Climate Change (preprint available at https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-2248516/v1.)

Eldemerdash, Nadia, Steven T. Landis, and Christian Jensen. 2023 . “Environmental Stress, Majoritarianism, and Social Unrest in Europe.” Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/25739638.2023.2227520)

Wang, Austin Horng-En, and Nadia Eldemerdash. 2022. “National Identity, Willingness to Fight, and Collective Action.” Journal of Peace Research (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/00223433221099058)

In Progress

2022. “Does the source matter? An investigation of migration direction, remittance receipt, and their effects on political attitudes in the Middle East and North Africa.” (Revise and resubmit, International Journal of Public Opinion Research).

Rebel Group Typologies, Civilian Victimization, and Natural Disasters. With Steven Landis

A Study of Transnational Links and Civic Engagement Among Migrants in the United States.

Integration Inside and Out: How Language Use Affects Perceptions of Minorities.

Electoral Systems in Authoritarian Countries: An Anti-Democratization Tactic?

Rapid-Onset Natural Disasters and Climate Refugee Migration Patterns. With Steven Landis.


“How Remittance Receipt Affects Attitudes and Actions in the Middle East and North Africa: Testing Individual-Level Mechanisms of Transnational Links.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2021

“Funding Democracy? How Remittance Receipt Affects Pro-Democracy Attitudes and Behaviors in the Middle East and North Africa.” International Political Science Association Annual Conference 2021

“The Effects of Remittance Inflows on Voter Turnout in New and Developing Democracies, 1991-2018.” International Studies Association Annual Conference 2021

“Remittances, Natural Disasters, and Armed Conflict.” With Steven Landis. International Studies Association-Midwest 2020

“Environmental Vulnerability and Political Violence in Europe.” With Steven Landis and Christian Jensen. American Political Science Association Annual Conference 2020

“Electoral Systems in Authoritarian Regimes: An Anti-Democratization Tactic?” Southwestern Social Sciences Association Annual Conference 2019

“One Woman’s Loss Another’s Gain? Securitizing Unemployment and Migration in Saudi Arabia.” University of Massachussetts Boston: Conflict Studies and Global Governance 2014

Grants and Awards

American Political Science Association Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant 2021

American Institute of Maghrib Studies Short-Term Research Grant 2021


Quantitative data analysis

Survey design and implementation

Survey analysis

Data management, modeling, and visualization

Languages: Arabic (native)

Statistical software: Stata, R

CMS and technical skills: Qualtrics, WordPress


American Political Science Association

International Political Science Association

International Studies Association

American Institute of Maghrib Studies

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