Scott Weiner is a Ph.D candidate in the Political Science doctoral program at The George Washington University. His research focuses on the politics of kinship in the Middle East. His dissertation uses extensive archival work and interviews conducted in Kuwait and Oman to explain variation in the political salience of kinship and tribal identity. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Scott worked as a researcher a think tank and a defense contractor, both in Washington, D.C., where he analyzed Arab elections and media, and translated insurgent messaging. Scott is also chair of the Middle East Discussion Group of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, an 8,000 member non-profit organization based in Washington.