Mariam Mufti

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Mariam Mufti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She studies the politics of hybrid regimes, with a particular focus on the role of the military, political parties, and identity in the processes of recruitment and selection of the political elite in Pakistan. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Comparative Politics, Publius, and Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy and co-edited the volume on Pakistan’s Political Parties: Surviving between Democracy and Dictatorship (Georgetown University Press 2020). Dr. Mufti also has considerable policy-relevant consultancy experience, having authored monographs on democratic development, political parties, and religious extremism for The Asia Foundation, Centre for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), and Department for International Development (DFID). Dr. Mufti has written over 25 articles for widely-read international newspapers, magazines, and blogs on politics in South Asia. In keeping with her interest in undemocratic, hybrid regimes, she has also appeared in a 6-part series The Dictator’s Playbook on PBS (released in 2018) and How to be a Tyrant on Netflix (released 2021).