Interview with Ennahda party member.

Tunis, Tunisia.

Graduation day at Loyola University Chicago!

Outside the Grand Mosque

Kairouan, Tunisia

Academic Articles

Dobbs, Kirstie Lynn. 2020. “Youth Quotas and 'Jurassic Park’ Politicians: Age as a Heuristic for Vote Choice in Tunisia’s New Democracy.” Democratization. DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2020.1763312.

Peter Sanchex, David, Doherty,  and Kirstie Lynn Dobbs. 2020. “Skin Color and System Support in Latin America.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. 


Doherty, David, Schraeder, Peter, and Dobbs, Kirstie Lynn. 2020. “Do Democratic Revolutions

‘Activate’ Participants? The Case of Tunisia. Politics. 40 (2), 170 - 188. DOI: 0263395719840240.


Dobbs, Kirstie Lynn. and Peter J. Schraeder. 2018. “Evolving Role of North African Civil Society Actors in the Foreign Policy-making Process: Youth, Women’s, Labour and Human Rights Organisations.” Journal of North African Studies. 24 (4), 661 – 681. DOI: 13629387.2018.1525011. 

Schraeder, Peter J., Brian Endless, Michael J. Schumacher, and Kirstie L. Dobbs. 2018. “Revolutionary Diplomats? Introduction to the Study of North African Foreign Policy in the Context of the Arab Spring.” Journal of North African Studies. 24 (4), 540 – 557.


Dobbs, Kirstie L, and JeongWoo, Lee. (2017). “Puzzling Policy Shifts: Fickle Western Support

of Democracy Promotion in Economically Salient Countries.” Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science. 32, 42-59. 

Looking outside the office building of the Union  Générale Tunisienne du Travail

Tunis, Tunisia

Other Publications

Dobbs, Kirstie Lynn. "The University of California College Tuition Protests, 2009-2014." Forthcoming in Political Violence in America: Historical Flashpoints and Modern-Day Trends. ABC-CLIO.


O’Toole, Thomas and Kirstie Lynn Dobbs. Forthcoming. “The Historical Context” in 6th edition Understanding Contemporary Africa. Lynne Reinner Publishers.


Dobbs, Kirstie L. (2017). “Electoral Institutions New and Old: The ‘Youth’ Factor in

Democratic Sustainability.” Ace: The Electoral Knowledge Network Newsletter. Retrieved from


Dobbs, Kirstie L. (2015). “Tunisia’s Recent Terrorist Attacks: Isolated Incidents or Symbols of

a Retrograding Transition?” The Foreign Policy Journal. Retrieved from


Oprisko, Robert L, Dobbs, Kirstie L, and Digrazia, Joseph. (2013) “Placement Efficiency: An

Alternative Ranking Metric for Graduate Schools.” The Georgetown Public Policy Review.


 Oprisko, Robert L, Dobbs, Kirstie L, and Digrazia, Joseph. (2013) "Pushing Up

Ivies: Institutional Prestige and the Academic Caste System." The Georgetown Public Policy Review.


Oprisko, Robert L, Jackson-Biffle, Natalie, Dobbs, Kirstie L. (2012) “Superpower: The

American Academic Elite.” Georgetown Public Policy Review.

Articles Under Review


Dobbs, Kirstie Lynn. "Falling Flat? The Impact of State Legitimacy, Capacity, and Political Trust on Flattening the Curve of COVID-19. Under review at Social Sciences and Humanities. 

Dobbs, Kirstie Lynn. “Social Pressures to Vote in a New Democracy: Findings from a Survey Experiment in Tunisia.” Under review at Electoral Studies.


Dobbs, Kirstie Lynn. “Active on the Street but Apathetic at the Ballot Box? Exploring Youth Abstention in a Nascent Democracy: The Case of Tunisia.” Under review at Studies in Comparative International Development.

Dobbs, Kirstie Lynn, Adriano Udani, Graham Bullock, and Doug Hess. “Components, Processes, and Implications of Conducting Civically Engaged Research.” Revise and re-submit  research symposium at PS: Political Science and Politics.

Member of the Youth Delegation at the Chicago Forum on Global Cities

Visiting the Medina in Marrakesh, Morocco

Working Papers


“The Impact of Democratization on the Formulation and Implementation of Tunisian Foreign Policy in the Post-Revolutionary Era” (with Peter J. Schraeder)


“Setting Yourself up for Success: Processes and Partnerships in Civically Engaged Research” (with Adriano Udani)


“Civically Engaged Research and its Impact on Political Science, the Public, and Knowledge Creation” (with Adriano Udani, Graham Bullock, and Doug Hess)