• PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
  • BA (Honors), University of Western Ontario


  • Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver(2013-present) Director, Center for Middle East Studies (2012-present); Assistant Professor (2008-2012)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California-Los Angeles and Global Fellow, UCLA International Institute (2007-2008)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University (2005-2007)
  • Research Affiliate, Center for Middle Easter Studies, Harvard University (2005-2006)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto (2004-2005); Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo (2003-2004)

Research and Expertise:

Middle East and Islamic affairs, religion and democracy, secularism, comparative politics and
political theory, politics of the Middle East, democracy and human rights, Islam-West relations.

Professor quickly becoming leading expert on Middle East

An Interview on Teaching the Middle East at the University of Denver