I am a Professorial Lecturer at the School of International Service at American University where I teach courses on Middle East politics, authoritarianism, protest and repression, and research methods. I am also a Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. I have lived and done research in the Middle East with Fulbright Hays, Fulbright IIE, and NSEP Boren fellowships.
I am Associate Director of the Model G20 Initiative, and the faculty advisor for the American University International Relations Society (AMIRS) and the Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity.
My research consists of both global comparative studies and an area studies focus on the the Arab world, primarily in the Levant. My dissertation examines the effect of leadership succession on political activism globally since 1950 with in-depth case studies of Jordan and Syria. In general, I am interested in leadership succession, mobilization and repression, contentious politics, conflict processes, authoritarian regimes, elections in non-democracies, and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East.
My teaching interests are in comparative politics, Middle East politics and society, authoritarianism, Model United Nations, simulations as a pedagogical tool, and research methods. Current (and former) Students: click on the “Teaching” Link at the top of the page for your course webpages.drew Spath