I’m a political scientist and an international lawyer. My writings explore China, the Islamic world, and the Middle East.
My research and fieldwork have taken me to China, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia.
I’ve held professorships in several countries — at the University of Chicago, the American University in Cairo, the University of Pennsylvania, Qatar University, the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center in China, the National University of Singapore, and the Shanghai International Studies University.
Writing and teaching
The Hajj as a global political system
Global civil society across the non-Western world
The Arab Springs and social movements in the Middle East
China’s efforts to integrate Eurasian and African megaregions
The co-evolution of transcontinental civilizations in world history
Law and Consulting
Professor of International Law focusing on the growing influence of China and Islamic countries
Immigration attorney specializing in asylum law
Consultant to the World Bank, the U.S. Department of State, and several foreign governments
Advisor on Islamic finance and banking