Marc Lynch is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, whwere he directs the Elliott School’s Middle East Studies Program. He served from 2009-2015 as director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is the founder and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, and recently completed a three year term as the founding Chair of the American Political Science Association’s MENA Politics Section. He is also an associate editor at the Monkey Cage blog for the Washington Post, and the series editor for the Columbia University Press series Columbia Studies in Middle East Politics. In 2016, he was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Lynch publishes frequently on the politics of the Middle East. The New Arab Wars: Anarchy and Uprising in the Middle East, was published by PublicAffairs in 2016 as a sequel to The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East(PublicAffairs), which the Economist called “the most illuminating and, for policymakers, the most challenging” book yet written on the topic. He is the co-editor, with Jillian Schwedler and Sean Yom, of The Political Science of the Middle East: Theory and Research After the Arab Uprisings. His other books include The Arab Uprisings Explained (Columbia University Press); 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).

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, and from 2009-2014 created and edited the Digital National Magazine Awards finalist The Middle East Channel. He has been an associate editor at The Monkey Cage since 2014. He also hosts the Middle East Political Science Podcast, a weekly review of recent academic books and articles.

Follow Marc Lynch on Twitter at @abuaardvark.