Nadejda Marinova

Nadejda Marinova

Associate Professor of Political Science


F/AB 2283

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 2012 until 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 is a former fellow of the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching. 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, 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. "Policymakers and Diasporas in Informal Public Diplomacy." Chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy.  Ed. Liam Kennedy. Routledge, 1st ed., Forthcoming.

2021. (Co-authored). “Diasporas and Politics.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press.

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, 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, 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.


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 and N. Africa)
PS 4995: Senior Honors Paper
PS 5740: Ethnicity
PS 7711: Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics: Diaspora and
PS 7995: Directed Study