Lisa Wedeen is the Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College and the codirector of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
(UChicago 1999) and Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen
(UChicago 2008). Her latest book,
Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgement, and Mourning in Syria
is forthcoming in September 2019.