Nadejda Marinova

Nadejda Marinova

Assistant Professor of Political Science


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Nadejda Marinova

Nadejda K. Marinova is an Assistant Professor of Political Science (Associate Professor, effective August 2018). 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). She holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from USC (2011). Her research interests include diaspora and migration, Middle East politics, foreign policy analysis, human trafficking and the intersection of culture and gender. She has conducted field research in Syria and Lebanon, where she was a research affiliate at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center at Notre Dame University- Louaizé.

Dr. Marinova's book "Ask What You Can Do For Your (New) Country: How Host States Use Diasporas" (Oxford University Press, 2017) examines host state government utilization of diasporas, developing a classification and a theoretical model of the conditions under which this previously unexamined phenomenon occurs. She tests the model against 8 cases of diasporas from the US, Middle East and Latin America, including studies of the Lebanese, Iraqi and Cuban diasporas in the US, Iraqis in Iran and Syro-Lebanese in Brazil.

Dr. Marinova’s work has been published in Foreign Policy Analysis, as part of George Mason University’s Global Migration and Transnational Politics series 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. Dr. Marinova’s professional memberships include the American Political Science Association, the Middle East Studies Association and the International Studies Association (ISA). She is the past Communications chair (2011-2013) of the Ethnicity, Migration and Nationalism section of ISA.

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:

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Diaspora and Migration

    Middle East Politics

    Comparative Politics

    Foreign Policy Analysis

    Culture, Gender and Global Society

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • 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

  • 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. 2017. Ask What You Can Do For Your (New) Country: How Host States Use Diasporas. New York: Oxford University Press.

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. “Transnational Homeland Involvement of the US-based Lebanese Diaspora.” Invited Working Paper for the Global Migration and Transnational Politics series, funded by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Center for Global Studies, George Mason University (October 2010)


Currently Teaching

  • PS 3835: Middle East Conflict

    PS 5740: Ethnicity

Courses taught

PS 3835: Middle East Conflict

PS 3715: Politics of Central and Eastern Europe

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

PS 1010: American Government