College / Department

Teaching areas

Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, Political Economy, Authoritarianism, Political Liberalization and Democratization, Islamism and Secularism, Perspectives on Religion and Sectarianism.

Research areas

Comparative Politics, Area Studies in Middle East Politics, Political Economy, Religion and Politics, Authoritarian politics and transitology, Political Liberalization and Democratization, Sectarian politics, and Secularism.


June 2000 McGill University, Bachelor's Degree,Political Science (Comparative Politics and Political Theory), Economics (Minor)
November 2003 University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Master's Degree Political Science (Strategic Studies), Thesis Title: Syrio-Israeli Strategic Relations: Anatomy of a Conflict.
June 2010 McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Doctorate of Philosophy,Dissertation Title: Islamic and Islamist Revivalism in Syria: the Rise and Fall of Secularism in Ba´thist Syria (Nominated for five awards)

Professional experience

2010-2012: Visiting Scholar, Dubai School of Government, Dubai UAE
2008-Present: Senior Research Fellow, ICAMES, (Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies), McGill University, Montreal QC Canada
2014-Present: Fellow, Center for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland UK
Aug 2014-Dec 2016:London School of Economics Research Team: Mapping Foreign Policy in the GCC: Resources, Recipients and Regional Effects
January 2013-Present: Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah, UAE


Middle East Studies Association; American Political Science Association; Canadian Political Science Association.

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