About Me

I’m currently program director of Political Science at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. I earned my PhD in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. I’m at work finishing a book with Melville House Press on political reform in the United States, called It’s Time To Fight Dirty: How Progressives Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. It will be published in Spring 2018 just in time for the midterm elections. 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 StudiesMiddle 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 ReportNPR.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 at a baseball game, writing op-eds, playing Texas Hold ‘Em, making stews, seeing a concert, toying with my fantasy baseball teams, riding my bike around town, galavanting around the world, or spending my spare money on food with my amazing wife, partner and inspiration, Sheerine Alemzadeh. Please check out her organization, Healing To Action, a worker-led movement to end gender-based violence, and consider donating.