Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies.A native of North Carolina, Professor Zunes received his PhD. from CornellUniversity, his M.A. from TempleUniversity and his B.A. from OberlinCollege. He has previously served on the faculty of IthacaCollege, the University of Puget Sound, and WhitmanCollege. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the InternationalCenter on Nonviolent Conflict.
One of the country's leading critics of U.S. Middle East policy, Professor Zunes is the author of scores of articles for scholarly and general readership on Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, strategic nonviolent action, and human rights. He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999), the author of the highly-acclaimed Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (Common Courage Press, 2003) and co-author (with Jacob Mundy) of the forthcoming Western Sahara: Nationalism, Conflict, and International Accountability (Syracuse University Press.)
He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship on Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies at DartmouthCollege and a Human Rights Fellowship at the Center for Law and Global Justice at the University of San Francisco.He has also served as a research associate for the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California--Santa Cruz.He has been a recipient of a Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies as well as research grants through the Institute for Global Security Studies, the United States Institute of Peace, and the InternationalResourceCenter.In the early 1990s, Dr, Zunes served as founding director of the Institute for a New Middle East Policy in Seattle.In 2002, he won recognition from the Peace and Justice Studies Association as Peace Scholar of the Year.
Dr. Zunes has made frequent visits to the Middle East and other conflict regions, where he has met with top government officials, academics, journalists and opposition leaders.
Dr. Zunes is a foreign affairs columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and a regular contributor to the Common Dreams website and Tikkun magazine. His op-ed columns have appeared in major daily newspapers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition, he has spoken at over 80 colleges and universities and scores of community groups and is a frequent guest on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, PBS, BBC, MSNBC and other media outlets for analysis on breaking world events. He serves as a consultant and board member for a number of peace and human rights organizations in both the United States and overseas.