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Danny Postel

Assistant Director, International & Area Studies

Danny is Assistant Director of International and Area Studies at Northwestern. From November 2016 until August 2019 he was Assistant Director of the Middle East and North African Studies Program. From 2012 to 2016, he was Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. In Spring 2019 he was Visiting Lecturer in International Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is the author of Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2006) and co-editor (with the political scientist Nader Hashemi) of three books: 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/OUP, 2017).

Previously, Danny taught English as a Foreign Language at St. Augustine College, the Latino Outreach Program of National Louis University, and the Howard Area Community Center (1993-1998), taught Spanish at St. Tarcissus Elementary School, now part of Pope Francis Global Academy (1995-1999), was an editor at Encyclopædia Britannica (1999-2001), a staff writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education (2001-2003), a visiting instructor in the journalism program at Columbia College Chicago (2004), Senior Editor of openDemocracy magazine (2004-2007), Communications Coordinator for the organization Interfaith Worker Justice (2007-2011), Editor of The Common Review, the magazine of the Great Books Foundation (2010-2011), and Communications Specialist for a coalition of grassroots groups and labor unions in Chicago (2011-2012).

His articles, interviews, and book reviews have appeared in The American Prospect, Boston Review, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, Critical Inquiry, Dædalus (the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences), Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Dissent, Global Discourse, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, In These Times, Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture, Middle East Policy, Middle East Report (MERIP), The Nation, The New Humanist, the New York Times, The Progressive, Salmagundi, and the Washington Post, among other publications. His work has been translated into Arabic, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish.
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