Danny Postel

Assistant Director of International and 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 Crisisin 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).


"Progressive Surge Propels Turning Point in US Policy on Yemen" in the Winter 2019 issue of Middle East Report (The Fight for Yemen)

“Playing with Fire: Trump, the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry, and the Geopolitics of Sectarianization in the Middle East” in the IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2018, published by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) (co-authored with Nader Hashemi)

"Iran, Saudi Arabia and Modern Hatreds" in The New York Times, May 15, 2018 (co-authored with Nader Hashemi)

Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (London: Hurst, 2017) (co-edited with Nader Hashemi)