Christiana Parreira is a former Pre-doctoral Research Fellow at the Middle East Initiative and a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University. While at the Middle East Initiative, Parreira's research focused on the relationship between party capacity, local-level political competition, and welfare outcomes, focusing on postwar Lebanon. Her dissertation project investigates why intertwined elite family and party networks extend a variety of critical public goods in certain Lebanese municipalities, while resorting to more transactional vote-buying in others. She earned a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University in 2013.

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