Smith Richardson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, relies on interviews with military and civilian officials in Egypt and Tunisia, three surveys of military officers, and a cross-national analysis of democratic transitions. Read more about the project here.the
Beyond security forces, the other arm of his research agenda focuses on political Islam. Sharan's research here has examined who supports Islamist parties, whether mixing religion and politics makes compromise more difficult, and what factors may lead Islamists to moderate their political positions. He is planning a second book manuscript tentatively entitled From Islamists to Muslim Democrats: The Evolution of Ennahdha, which will draw upon interviews with Ennahdha officials, quantitative analyses of their parliamentary voting records, and surveys of their public support.
He holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from Georgetown University, and an M.A. from Princeton University. He has worked for the U.S. Department of State.
Sharan can be reached at ssgrewal [at] princeton [dot] edu.