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Bassam S. Haddad

Associate Professor; Director, Middle East and Islamic Studies


Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011). Bassam serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the series Arabs and Terrorism. Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves on the Board of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and is Executive Producer of Status Audio Magazine. Bassam is Co-Project Manager for the Salon Syria Project and Director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI). Currently, Bassam is working on two book projects: his second book on Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Uprisings (Stanford University Press, 2019-2020) and a co-edited volume on Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2019). 

Areas of Research

  • Middle East
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Violence and Terrorism and US foreign policy
  • The Triangular Crisis Area in the Middle East