Erin A. Snider is an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America. She will begin a new book project on the political economy of transition in the Arab world exploring the economic antecedents and consequences of the 2011 uprisings. She is currently an assistant professor of international affairs at Texas A&M University’s George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, where her research focuses on the political economy of development in Arab world, particularly in Egypt. She is presently finishing a book manuscript on the political economy of U.S. democracy aid in the Middle East. Previously, she was a fellow in middle east political economy at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. She was a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she earned her PhD, and a graduate of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and James Madison University.