I’m currently program director of Political Science at Roosevelt University, where I focus my research on American political institutions, elections and foreign policy. In April 2018 I published a book on progressive power and American institutional reform called It’s Time To Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. The New York Times called it "a short, bracing polemic." The Guardian wrote, "American democracy could disappear altogether within our own lifetimes. Every one who wants to avoid that catastrophe must read his book." It's Time to Fight Dirty has been featured on Vox, Vice, Mic, Pacific Standard and more.
My first book, Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt (I.B. Tauris, 2013)– focused on the use of digital media by Egyptian opposition movements. With Babak Rahimi, I am the co-editor of and contributor to Social Media and Iran: Politics and Society After 2009 (SUNY Press). My academic work has been published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Policy, Arab Media & Society and Politique Etrangèr,
In addition to my academic work, I am a contributing writer at The Week, an international journal of opinion, as well as the Middle East-focused blog Informed Comment. I’ve published op-eds with USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, NPR.org, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Daily News Egypt, the Philadelphia Citypaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more.
Outside of the classroom, you can probably catch me hanging out with my son, seeing a baseball game, writing op-eds, playing Texas Hold ‘Em, making stews, seeing a concert, toying with my fantasy baseball teams, galavanting around the world, or spending my spare money on food with my amazing wife, partner and inspiration, Sheerine Alemzadeh.
- U.S. elections
Election processes, voter rights, midterm and presidential election trends
- Comparative electoral systems
Proportional representation, presidential and parliamentary systems, voting procedures
- American foreign policy in the Middle East
The Arab-Israeli conflict, Saudi-Iranian rivalry, Egyptian politics, Syrian civil war
- PhD Political Science — University of Pennsylvania