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David Mednicoff

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy

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(413) 545-5868

740 Herter Hall

Professor Mednicoff's research deals with broad connections between legal and political ideas and institutions at the national and transnational levels, particularly as these relate to current issues in the Middle East. His articles and book chapters analyze the rule of law, human rights issues, Western legal aid, US policy, migrant worker law and policy, political liberalization and constitutionalism in the Middle East, especially Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia and the UAE. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the meanings and politics of the rule of law in five Arab societies.

Part of this work is funded by a grant from the Qatar National Research Fund that ran through 2016. Professor Mednicoff was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in law in Qatar in 2006-7, a Grantee and Member of the Georgetown-CIRS Migrant Labor in the Gulf Initiative, a Research Fellow in 2010-11 in the Dubai Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Resident Fellow at the ZIF (Institute for Interdisciplinary Study) in Bielefeld, Germany in 2014. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and a national teaching prize related to pedagogy on the US and the Middle East.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Middle Eastern Studies 190 Water, Oil and Blood: The Middle East in Global Policy
  • Public Policy 611 Comparative Public Policy
  • Public Policy 613 The Policy Seminar
  • Public Policy 697 Globalization