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Dr Barry Maydom

  • Overview



    I joined Birkbeck in 2018 after completing my DPhil at the University of Oxford and teaching at Oxford and the London School of Economics.

    My research focuses on the political effects of emigration and contemporary politics in the Middle East. I teach modules on quantitative research methods and political demography.


    • DPhil, University of Oxford, 2017

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Programme Director, BA Politics
    • Programme Director, MRes degrees
    • Departmental Ethics Officer

    Professional memberships

    • Fellow of Advance HE


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Migration
    • Democratization
    • Middle East politics

    Research overview

    My research interests include the socio-political effects of emigration and remittances in migrants’ homelands, political participation in developing countries, and political change in the contemporary Middle East.

    I am currently working on projects investigating popular conceptualisations of democracy in the Middle East and the effects of migration and remittances on perceptions of corruption and the fiscal contract in Africa and Latin America.



    Migrants’ Remittances, the Fiscal Contract and Tax Attitudes in Africa and Latin America,” forthcoming in Political Studies.

    "Migrant Remittances and Violent Responses to Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean." Latin American Politics and Society 63, no. 2 (2021): 26-50.

    "Remittances, Criminal Violence and Voter Turnout." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 47, no. 6 (2021): 1349-1374.

    "State-sponsored Trade Unions after Democratic Transitions." Democratization 27, no. 7 (2020): 1142-1161.

    Working Papers

    • “Remittances and Democratisation: The Role of Migrants' Destinations”
    • “Remittances and Bureaucratic Corruption” (with Ana Isabel Lopez Garcia)
    • “Political Remittance Cycles in Non-Democracies: Evidence from Egypt and Jordan”
    • “Migrant Remittances and Political Participation in the Middle East”
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Current PhD students

    • Mohammed AlHajri - The Ports of Oman in China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative
    • Ben Steyn - A Political Values Spectrum for Nature and Technology (co-supervised with Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Department of Philosophy)
    • Lindsay Ward - Policy learning in an authoritarian regime: a case study of the policy development work of INGOs in providing educational and skills support for younger refugees in Jordan.


    I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas

    • The politics of migration
    • Contemporary Middle East politics
    • Democratisation and authoritarian legacies
    • Political participation in developing countries

    If you are interested in pursuing research in any of these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research ( before submitting an application.


    This year, I am teaching Introduction to Quantitative Social Research and Liberal Order and Disorder in Global Politics. I also contribute to the Masterclass in Social Research.

    In previous years, I have taught modules on International Migration and Transnationalism, The Politics of Population Change, Qualitative Social Research and Challenges in Contemporary Politics.

    Teaching modules

    • Introduction to Quantitative Social Research (POSO076S7)
    • Masterclass in Social Research (SSPO019S7)
    • Liberal Order and Disorder in Global Politics (SSPO159H5)
  • Publications