Biography

Marc Lynch is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for the Washington Post. He is the co-director of the Blogs and Bullets project at the United States Institute of Peace.

Lynch publishes frequently on the politics of the Middle East, with a particular focus on information technology and political communication, Islamist movements, and the international politics of the region. His most recent book, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East, published by PublicAffairs in 2012, was called “the most illuminating and, for policymakers, the most challenging” book yet written on the topic by The Economist. His other books include Voices of the New Arab Public: Al-Jazeera, Iraq, and Middle East Politics Today (2006), selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book, and State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan’s Identity (1999). His edited volume, The Arab Uprisings Explained: The New Contentious Politics of the Middle East, will be published by Columbia University Press in August 2014.

Lynch graduated from Duke University (BA), and received his MA and PhD in Government from Cornell University. He taught at Williams College from 1997-2007, and joined the faculty of The George Washington University in 2007.

Lynch blogged as Abu Aardvark for seven years before joining Foreign Policy as a blogger and columnist. In 2010 Lynch, launched the Middle East Channel on Foreign Policy, which he edited until March 2014. He can now be found online at the Monkey Cage.

Follow Marc Lynch on Twitter at @abuaardvark.

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