Nadejda Marinova

Nadejda Marinova

Associate Professor of Political Science


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Nadejda Marinova

Nadejda K. Marinova is an Associate Professor of Political Science. She joined the Department of Political Science at Wayne State University in 2012, after serving as a Dornsife College Postdoctoral Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California (USC). From August 2012 until August 2018, Dr. Marinova was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University.

She holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southern California (2011). Her research interests include diasporas and migration, Middle East politics, foreign policy analysis, and gender in international relations. She has conducted research in Syria and Lebanon, where she was a research affiliate at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center at Notre Dame University.

Dr. Marinova's book "Ask What You Can Do For Your (New) Country: How Host States Use Diasporas" (Oxford University Press, 2017) examines a previously unexamined phenomenon: how host states utilize diasporas to advance mutually beneficial foreign policy goals. The book advances a theoretical model to analyze when this phenomenon occurs, and it delves into the multiple avenues across which it takes place, in a variety of regimes, and across political, security, and commercial matters, proposing a classification with examples worldwide. She tests the theoretical model against multiple cases of diasporas from the US, Middle East and Latin America, including studies of the Lebanese diaspora in the US (regarding the 2005 Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon), among other cases, Iraqis in Iran (in the 1980s and 1990s) and Syro-Lebanese in 1970s Brazil.

A detailed description of the book can be found here:

Dr. Marinova's work has appeared in Foreign Policy Analysis and in the International Studies Association Compendium. She is a former fellow of the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching and a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi. Her professional memberships include the American Political Science Association, the Middle East Studies Association and the International Studies Association (ISA). She is a past Communications chair (2011-2013) of the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration section of ISA, and the chair of the Martin Heisler Award Committee (2020-2021).

In March 2017, she was honored to be selected as a recipient of the 2017 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University's highest teaching honor.

Link to Dr. Marinova's book on Amazon [here]


Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Diaspora and Migration; Middle East Politics;Comparative Politics;Foreign Policy Analysis; Gender in International Relations


  • Ph.D., Politics and International Relations, University of Southern California, 2011
  • M.S., International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
  • B.A., Political Science (magna cum laude), Georgia College & State University, 2001

Awards and grants

  • Faculty Professional Development Grant, August 2019

    President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 2017

    Wayne State University Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, 2016

    Dornsife College Postdoctoral Distinguished Teaching Fellow, University of Southern California, 2011-2012

Selected publications

Marinova, Nadejda K. 2021. "Diasporas in Informal Public Diplomacy." Chapter in Liam Kennedy, ed., Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy.   Routledge, 1st ed. Forthcoming.

Marinova, Nadejda K. 2017. Ask What You Can Do For Your (New) Country: How Host States Use Diasporas. New York: Oxford University Press, 360 pp.

Marinova, Nadejda K. 2013. On Being Lebanese in Australia & The Lebanese Diaspora (Review). Migration Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3, (November), pp. 371-375.

Marinova, Nadejda K. and Patrick James. 2012. “The Tragedy of Human Trafficking: Competing Theories and European Evidence,” Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 8, No. 3, (July), pp. 231-253.

Marinova, Nadejda K., 2012. Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Marinova, Nadejda K. 2010. “Transnational Homeland Involvement of the US-based Lebanese Diaspora.” Working Paper for the Global Migration and Transnational Politics series. Center for Global Studies, George Mason University. (October).


Courses taught

PS 1010: American Government

PS 3715: Politics of Central and Eastern Europe

PS 3835: Middle East Conflict (Course broadly focused on the Politics of the Middle East)

PS 4995: Senior Honors Paper

PS 5740: Ethnicity

PS 7711: Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics: Diaspora and Migration

PS 7995: Directed Study