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In 2014, I was the on-the-ground project manager for a nationwide poll in Jordan working with local partners as well as Professors Ellen Lust (Yale University) and Lindsay Benstead (Portland State University). In the survey, we asked Jordanians about the services they receive from their MPs, vote buying, and tribal voting. The survey also considers power dynamics and social relations within communities, probes gender issues, and includes embedded experiments concerning different aspects of the elections. We are collaborating on a number of projects that utilize the results of this survey including looking at whether international monitors affect domestic perceptions of the legitimacy of elections, how religious garb affects perceptions of parliamentary candidates, and the interactive effect of gender with Islamist versus tribal affiliations on candidate electability. With collaborators, we have published two papers from this project: The Importance of Intersectionality: Gender, Islamism, and Ethnicity in Elections in Comparative Politics and Does it Matter What Observers Say? The Impact of International Election Monitoring on Legitimacy in Mediterranean Politics.