About Me

I’m currently an Associate Professor 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 currently at work on a new book for Melville House Published, tentatively called The Kids Are All Left: How Young Voters Will End Partisan Polarization and Unify America. My book on political reform in the United States, called It’s Time To Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics was published in April 2018 and was favorably reviewed in The New York Times, The Guardian and Politico. 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 Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, USA Today, U.S. News & World ReportNPR.org, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Daily News Egypt, the Philadelphia Citypaper, Morning Call, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more.

Outside of the classroom, you can probably catch me hanging out with my amazing wife, partner and inspiration, Sheerine Alemzadeh  and our 1-year-old son, catching a baseball game,  toying with my fantasy teams, making stews, enjoying a game of poker or traveling.