David Mednicoff

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty David Mednicoff
Associate Professor
School of Public Policy & Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies


740 Herter Hall


(413) 545-5868

David Mednicoff is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy and Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near 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, was funded by a $1 million grant from the Qatar National Research Fund. 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. 

Research interests: 

Middle Eastern politics, international and comparative law and politics, human rights and globalization theory


J.D., M.A., Ph.D. in Political Science: Harvard University

Courses taught: 

PUBP&ADM 190: Water, Oil and Blood: The Middle East in Global Policy; PUBP&ADM 611: Comparative Public Policy; and PUBP&ADM 613: Public Policy Seminar


Middle Eastern and North African politics; law and public policy; U.S. foreign policy; international and comparative law and politics; human rights; globalization theory