David Mednicoff, public policy and Middle Eastern studies

Director of Middle Eastern Studies and assistant professor of public policy

Phone: (o) 413/577-1238

Email: mednic@legal.umass.edu

The director of the master's degree programs in public policy and Middle Eastern studies, David Mednicoff’s areas of expertise include Middle Eastern law and politics, international law, human rights, globalization studies and comparative public policy. 

Mednicoff's publications and ongoing research deal broadly with connections between legal and political ideas and institutions relating to policy issues in the Middle East. He has written on Arab constitutional politics and Islam before and after the events of the 2011 Arab Spring, the legal regulation of migrant workers in the Arab Gulf, human rights in the Middle East, and humanitarian intervention. He has been invited to present his work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the US Department of State, the Saudi Arabia Institute of Diplomatic Studies, and Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford and Yale universities, among other places. 

Mednicoff was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in law in Qatar in 2006-07, where he taught legal and political philosophy at Qatar University. He was also a research fellow in 2010-11 in the Dubai Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Mednicoff has appeared frequently on international television news broadcasts and in print coverage of Middle Eastern and North African issues.