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Danny Postel

Assistant Director

Before joining MENA in November 2016, Danny was the Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

He is the author of Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2006) and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (Melville House, 2010), The Syria Dilemma (MIT Press, 2013), and Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (Hurst Publishers/Oxford University Press, 2017). His work has appeared in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, The Chicago Tribune, Critical Inquiry, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, The Guardian, Middle East Policy, The New York Times, and many other publications.
Previously he was an online editor of Encyclopædia Britannica, a staff writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, a Contributing Editor for Dædalus, and a Senior Editor of openDemocracy magazine. He has taught journalism at Columbia College Chicago, English as a Second Language at St. Augustine College, and Spanish at an elementary school in Chicago. He also worked in the nonprofit world, as Communications Coordinator for the national organization Interfaith Worker Justice and for a coalition of grassroots community groups and labor unions in Chicago.
At MENA, Danny works closely with the director to manage and develop the program’s efforts in public engagement and outreach, its web and social media presence, and new projects and initiatives.
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