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Danny Postel

Assistant Director

Danny manages and develops the MENA Program’s efforts in public engagement and outreach, its web and social media presence, and new projects and initiatives. He produces MENA Dialogues, a series of video interviews with leading scholars, artists, and writers we host throughout the academic year. He coordinates our events, including the MENA Monday lecture series, the monthly speaker series at the Evanston Public Library, and other special events. He also edits and oversees the MENA Annual Report and manages our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter channels.

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).

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 as Communications Coordinator for the national organization Interfaith Worker Justice and for a coalition of grassroots community groups and labor unions in Chicago.

His work has appeared in Boston Review, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, The Chicago Tribune, Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, Critical Inquiry, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Dissent, The Guardian, In These Times, Jadaliyya, Middle East Policy, The Nation, The New York Times, Salmagundi, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

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