Daniel Neep is a political scientist who works on conflict and state-building in the Middle East, with a focus on Syria. Neep is the author of Occupying Syria: Insurgency, Space, and State Formation (Cambridge 2012). He is currently finishing his second book, The Nation Belongs to All: The Making of Modern Syria, which explains Syria’s political development in terms of global transformations, changing economic infrastructures, emerging political geographies, and waves of popular protest. He holds a PhD in politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research has been supported by the Andrew L. Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the American Druze Foundation, the British Academy, the Council for British Research in the Levant, and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK), in addition to the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, where he is a Non-resident Fellow. He has taught Middle East politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the University of Exeter, and currently teaches in the Department of Political Science at George Washington.