David Mednicoff is Director of Accelerated Programs for the School of Public Policy, as well as Director of Middle Eastern Studies in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He has a broad background in international law and politics. His research focuses on interdisciplinary connections between legal and political ideas and institutions at the national and transnational levels, particularly as these relate to current policy issues in the Middle East. One of these projects, on the meanings and political implications of the rule of law in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, is funded by a $1 million grant from the Qatar National Research Fund through 2016. Mednicoff has been a Fulbright scholar in both Morocco and Qatar, and spent the summer of 2014 as a fellow at Bielefeld University's Institute for Advanced Study. He has presented his work at the Department of State; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Saudi Arabia Institute of Diplomatic Studies; and Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford and Yale universities, among other places.