Research Affiliates & Visiting Scholars

Research Affiliates

Rami G. Khouri

Rami George Khouri, a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen, is director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. His journalistic work includes writing books and an internationally syndicated column, and he also serves as editor at large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, published throughout the Middle East with the International Herald Tribune. His affiliations include being a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World, a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Jerusalem), member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School, and board member of the East-West Institute, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and the Jordan National Museum.

A former Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University, Mr. Khuri was executive editor of the Daily Star newspaper in 2003-2005, and before that had been editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years, when he also wrote for many years from Amman, Jordan for leading international publications, including the Financial Times, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. For 18 years he was general manager of Al Kutba Publishers, in Amman, and in recent years served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites. He has hosted programs on archaeology, history and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan. He often comments on Mideast issues in the international media, and lectures frequently at conferences and universities throughout the world.

He has BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University.
Some of his articles are available at

Eddine Salman

Dr. Salman has a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University as well as MA and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University. After completing his doctoral thesis on leadership legitimacy in the Middle East, he moved to the region where he specializes in designing and developing business strategies for CEOs of major organizations in the Arab world. Since 2003, he has worked as a senior advisor to such organizations as Mobile Telecommunication Company (ZAIN) Kuwait, Nokia Tietolkenne Finland as well as Investment Banks like LIECHTENSTEINISCHE LANDESBANK of Zurich, and Gulf Finance House of Bahrain (a leading Islamic Investment Bank).

Joshua Stacher

Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, 2007 Middle Eastern Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow (2007-08)

Dr. Stacher specializes in authoritarian persistence and adaptation of Arab republican regimes with special reference to Egypt and Syria. Before coming to Syracuse, he was an adjunct professor of contemporary Egyptian history in the Department of History at the American University in Cairo and a country consultant for the International Crisis Group. His work has appeared in Middle East Journal, Arab Studies Quarterly, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Review of African Political Economy, Arab Reform Bulletin, and several pieces in Middle East Report. During the Spring 2008 semester he taught an undergraduate course entitled "International Relations of the Middle East."

John Zogby

John Zogby is President and CEO of JZ Analytics, one of the nation's leading polling firms. Since 1984, he has been tracking public opinion in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and North America by conducting polls and focus groups for such clients as Reuters News Agency, MSNBC, NBC News, New York Post, Fox News, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Gannett News Service, Coca Cola, Microsoft, CISCO Systems, MCI, and the United States Census Bureau.

Zogby holds degrees in history from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University and has taught history for 25 years. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Le Moyne College, a Senior Advisor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and serves on the Advisory Council for Bio-Technology for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Aliaa Elsheikh

Dr. Aliaa Elsheikh is a visiting scholar at Syracuse University for summer 2013. She returned to the Maxwell School for an EMPA degree after previously being here as a Civic Education and Leadership Fellow (CELF). In addition to her interest in the health sector, Dr. Elsheikh is also interested in the role of the non-for-profit sector in addressing health issues and their social determinants in developing and post-revolutionary countries. Dr. Elsheikh graduated as a physician from Alexandria School of Medicine, Egypt. After that she moved to the public health field where she earned a master degree and MD in public health and preventive and social medicine as well. Dr. Elsheikh most recently served as an assistant lecturer of public health in the Community Medicine Department at Alexandria Medical School in Egypt.

Dr. Hosein Ghazian

Dr. Hosein Ghazian is a 2010-2011 visiting scholar at Syracuse University who has received a joint scholarship from the Scholar Rescue Fund and from Syracuse University itself. A member of the Iran Sociology Association, Dr. Ghazian’s research interests in public sociology focus on culture, gender, and politics. He is one of Iran’s most prominent sociologists, and his articles on Iranian intellectuals and on gender issues have been the subject of much debate in Iranian society. He is the author of a book on one of the most effective contemporary Iranian intellectuals, Jalal-e Al-e Ahmad, and he is the author of four other in-print/under contract books. Dr. Ghazian has taught sociology at intervals in Iran, but, due to politics, he has been prohibited from being accepted as an official instructor. He also has had an active role in administering social surveys and conducting opinion polls for years, and he has worked for institutions like Gallup and Zogby International.

Denise Gõkalp

Ph. D. University of Texas at Austin, 2007, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Gõkalp’s research interests include political and comparative historical sociology more specifically, issues of political violence and militarism, neoliberalism, democracy, mobilization and contentious politics, identity politics and political identity, globalization, regionalization and transnational forces/processes. She has taught classes on political violence, globalization, and democracy, social justice and urban politics. She is currently working on a book manuscript analyzing the relationship between neo-liberal restructuring of the state, democracy and political violence with a focus on the new face of the Kurdish question in Turkey since the NATO supported 1980 military coup. Gõkalp’s research has received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Serif Mardin

Professor Serif Mardin of Sabanci University (Turkey) was a visiting Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University during the Fall 2005 semester. He is one of Turkey's leading political scientists and has previously taught at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, American University, Oxford, and Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (please Click Here to see his attached CV for more information). Professor Mardin taught a graduate seminar entitled "The Turkish Republic & Its Antecedents." Click Here to see syllabus.

Daniel Heradstveit

Daniel Heradstveit spent the Fall 2005 academic year as a visiting professor of International Relations at the Maxwell School. He is Professor and Senior Research Associate at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He has been Ford Foundation Fellow at Stanford and Harvard Universities and held positions at Johns Hopkins University (Blogna Center) and the University of Bergen. Heradstveit has also served as a consultant and political analyst for the Norwegian oil Company Statoil. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books on the Middle East, semiotics and political psychology. His most recent edited book (with Helge Hveem) is Oil in the Gulf: Obstacles to Democracy and Development (Ashgate, 2004). During his residency at Syracuse he taught a graduate seminar titled “Obstacles to Democracy in the Muslim World”. Click Here for syllabus.

Dr. Guitty Khorsand-Tabatabai

Dr. Guitty Khorsand-Tabatabai has been a visiting professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School since 2004. Professor Khorsand-Tabatabi (Ph.D., Ecole des Hautes-Etudes, Paris, 1979) has taught such courses as Middle East through Films, Women in the Muslim World, Politics of Islamic Radicalism, Muslims in Europe and the United States, Islamic Political Thought, and Middle Eastern Political Systems. She has previously worked as a TV correspondent, author, translator and university professor in Iran and France.

Dr. Seyyed Javad Tabatabai

Dr. Seyyed Javad Tabatabai spent the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years as a visiting scholar at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. As one of Iran's foremost political thinkers, Professor Tabatabai (Ph.D., Sorbonne, 1984) taught political science at Tehran University for many years and also headed the Department of Islamic Civilization at Encyclopedia Islamica Foundation in Tehran. He is the author of such acclaimed books as Philosophical Introduction to the History of Political Thought in Iran Decline of Political Thought in Iran; Essay on Ibn Khaldun: Impossibility of Social Sciences in Islam, and Nizam al-Mulk and Iranian Political Thought: Essay on the Continuity of the Iranian Thought (all in Persian).

Prof. Ahmad Moussalli

Prof. Ahmad Moussalli came from the American University of Beirut and was a visiting scholar at the Maxwell School from March to April 2004. His stay was made possible by the Fulbright Commission as part of their "Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Access to the Muslim World". Professor Moussali was a guest speaker in a number of courses at Syracuse University and delivered lectures in various area colleges as well.

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