Hello everyone and welcome to my website. My name is Marsin (pronounced “mar-seen”) and I’m an Iraqi-American researcher working between Baghdad, Boston, and Washington D.C. I am a research fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Center on Middle East Policy with the Foreign Policy Program.
I am currently working on my book manuscript, A Century of the Hawza: how Clerics Shaped Protests and Politics in Iraq which is based on my dissertation project. My book examines the history of clerical interventions in Iraqi politics and protest from 1914 to 2020. In addition to my work on religious leadership, I also have an ongoing project about women’s political participation in Iraq, with support from the Canadian International Development Research Center [link: https://www.idrc.ca/en]. My third major research area is protest and civil society development, on which I have written several articles which you can find in my research section.
I enjoy working on academic projects with policy impact and have served as a consultant with several international organizations focusing on peacebuilding, democratization, and postwar reconstruction in Iraq.