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April 19, 2018
The Egyptian Elections and the Arab Spring, with Kira Jumet
Kira Jumet is Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College. Her research focuses on protest mobilization leading up to and during the 2011 and 2013 Egyptian uprisings, including the relationship between emotions and protest participation. Her most recent book is Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested During the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2017).
In her book Jumet asks, "Why and how did thousands of Egyptian citizens suddenly take to the streets against the Mubarak regime in January 2011?" With insights based on 170 interviews conducted in Egypt during the Arab Spring, she argues that individuals are rational actors and their decisions to protest or not protest are based on the intersection of three factors: political opportunity structures, mobilizing structures, and framing processes.