Charles Schmitz

Professor, Chair

Charles Schmitz

Contact Info

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2210 F


Ph.D., Geography,
University of California at Berkeley,
Spring 1997,
"State and Market in Southern Yemen"

M.A., Geography,
University of California at Berkeley,
"Social Impact of Mechanization in Egyptian Agriculture"

B.S., Conservation and Resource Studies,
University of California at Berkeley,

Areas of Expertise

The Middle East
International governance

 Research Interests

  • Sociology of contemporary Yemeni society
  • Geography of the Middle East
  • Economic geography

Selected Publications

“Huthi Visions of the State: A Huthi Republic with an Unofficial Imam,” in Hamidaddin, Abdullah (ed). The Huthi Movement in Yemen: Ideology, Ambition and Security in the Arab Gulf. New York: I.B. Taurus, 2022.

“The Politics of Tribal Perseverance.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 53 (3). Cambridge University Press: 497–501. 2021 doi:10.1017/S0020743821000775.

“A Parasitic Political Economy,” in Amat Alsoswa and Noel Brehony (eds.), Building a New Yemen: Transition and International Community. London: I.B. Taurus (2021).

“Weighing the Tribal Factor in Yemen’s Informal Politics,” in Suzi Mirgani (ed.), Informal Politics in the Middle East. London: Hurst Publishers (2021).

Dictionary of Yemen, with Robert Burrowes, Routledge (2017)

“Yemen’s National Dialogue,” MEI Policy Paper 2014-1, February 2014

“Obama, Guantanamo, and the Devil in the Details,” Middle East Institute, June 25, 2013.

“Crisis in the Yemeni Economy: a Troubled Transition to Post-Hydrocarbon Growth,” Middle East Institute, Scholarly Policy Paper, Dec 2011.