Brownlee Awarded USIP Grant

Jason Brownlee has been awarded a grant from the United States Institute of Peace in the amount of $109,484. The grant will fund Brownlee’s project, “Preventing Inter-Communal Violence during Egypt’s Transition.” The project tests rival hypotheses of inter-communal conflict to determine whether anti-Coptic violence has originated in selective law enforcement by officials or, instead, if confessional tensions stem from a lack of crosscutting ties in civil society. Data will be collected in Cairo from major newspapers and interviews, then coded and analyzed in Austin. The dataset will help explain variations in attacks across geography and time, including the last years of Mubarak’s rule and first year after his ouster.