Colin Powers earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2020. He is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright Grant, and his work has been published with Middle East Law and Governance, The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Arab Center-Washington, DC, amongst other places. In addition to serving as a Chief Editor for Noria’s MENA Program, Powers is currently the director of The Political Economy of Everything, a web-based research publication that aims to unwind how power, class, and history animate life in the Middle East today.
Powers’ current research agenda primarily concerns the drivers of (under)development and irredentist authoritarianism in the contemporary Middle East. Ongoing investigations and writing projects concern the lobbying networks and financial linkages through which regional axes advance anti-democratic projects in western capitals; the economic and logistical sinews of Abu Dhabi’s regional interventions; and the prospects and likely consequences of economic liberalization initiatives in the wake of COVID-19.
Prior to his academic pursuits, Powers worked with a number of non-governmental organizations operating out of Northern Ireland and Palestine.