Dina Rashed is the Associate Dean of the College for Academic Affairs at the University of Chicago. Rashed is a political scientist specializing in civil-military relations, state-society dynamics, violence and Middle East Politics. Her research on institutions of force probes how domestic and foreign factors impact patterns and structures of power within the state. Her work on state institutions is at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, drawing upon experiences of political development in Egypt and the Global South. She is currently working on a project on violence and women, investigating the role of women in institutions of security and patterns of violence against women in Arab countries.