Associate Professor; Director, Middle East and Islamic Studies
Fairfax Campus, Aquia Building, Room 314
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Bassam Haddad is director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and an associate professor in 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) and coeditor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021).
Haddad is cofounder/editor of Jadaliyya ezine and executive director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as founding editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is coproducer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the acclaimed series Arabs and Terrorism.
Haddad serves on the board of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and is executive producer of Status audio magazine and director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI). He received the Middle East Studies Association Jere L. Bacharach Service Award in 2017 for his service to the profession. Haddad is working on his second Syria book titled, Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).
He received his BA, MA, and PhD from Georgetown University.
Areas of Research
- Middle East, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon
- Political Economy of “Development”
- State-Business Relations in Developing Countries
- Violence and Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy
- Knowledge Production on the Middle East