Dr Benjamin MacQueen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. His current research focusses on the conditions of political transition in the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on the impacts of external parties, constitutional formation, and electoral law reform on local political participation. He is the Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project (DP130100933) ‘Elections and Enhancing Political Participation in Lebanon, Egypt, and Iraq’ (2013-2015). Dr MacQueen is also working on a project examining the impacts of mass refugee influx related to the Syrian conflict, focussing on the political, social, economic, legal, and environmental ramifications of these events in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq.
Dr MacQueen has published 5 books as well as a range of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He undertook a visiting research position at Lünd University in July-September 2015 and has delivered guest lectures at Lünd, the University of Texas-Arlington, and the Middle East Technical University, Ankara amongst others. He is also a regular media commentator on Middle Eastern and North African politics, appearing on both television and radio in Australia (ABC TV and Radio, SBS TV and Radio, 3AW Radio Melbourne, 2GB Radio Sydney, 2SER Radio Sydney, Radio Adelaide, Triple J Radio, and 3RRR Radio Melbourne) and overseas (France 24, Voice of America Radio, Radio Singapore International, and Bloomberg Asia Television). He has contributed to the Mideast Matrix blog with colleagues from the University of Texas-Arlington, the University of Connecticut, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the City University of New York, Hofstra University, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Dr MacQueen has over 10 years experience teaching at a variety of institutions, including Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and Deakin University. He has previously served as an Australian Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne examining US Democracy Promotion policy in the Middle East and North Africa as part of the Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project (DP0770266) ‘Democratising the Middle East: Implications of Washington’s Policies’.
Alongside his research and teaching, Dr MacQueen has served as the Deputy Head of the School of Social Sciences as well as Course Coordinator for the Master of International Relations.