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FROST, Lillian


Max Weber Fellow 2020-2021

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+39)-055-4685-960 (ext: 2960)
Office: VS 091

European University Institute
Max Weber Programme
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Departmental affiliation: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Mentor: Marteen Vink


Lillian Frost received her Ph.D. from George Washington University, and she will join Virginia Tech’s Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor. Before completing her Ph.D., she was a Peace and Security Fellow with the United States Institute of Peace and Minerva Research Initiative (2019–20), Research Fellow at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2018–19), and Visiting Fellow at Maastricht University’s Centre for Citizenship, Migration, and Development (2018).

Lillian combines a regional interest in Middle East politics, particularly in Jordan, with a broader theoretical interest in state-society relations and citizenship policies.  

At the EUI, she will be working on a book project that examines variations in the rights host states offer to refugee groups in law and practice. This project compares the civil, political, economic, and social rights Jordan has given different protracted refugee groups since 1948. This analysis uses data from U.S. and British archival files on Jordan’s politics from 1946–73 as well as over 200 interviews Lillian conducted during 14 months of fieldwork in Jordan from 2016–19. Lillian collected these data with funding from the Fulbright Program, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Project on Middle East Political Science, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, and Institute for Middle East Studies. Lillian plans to complete a draft of this book manuscript during the 2020-21 academic year.

Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers

She also has experience teaching Middle East politics and comparative politics at the undergraduate level.

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