Areas of Expertise
Middle East politics, Arab media and public opinion, Islamist movements, public diplomacy
Professor Lynch received his B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics and international relations. He is the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, a contributing editor for The Washington Post's Monkey Cage political science page, editor of the Columbia University Press series Columbia Studies on Middle East Politics, and a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Ph.D., Cornell University
- The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East(PublicAffairs 2016)
- "Political Science in Real Time: Engaging the Middle East Policy Public." Perspectives on Politics 14 (2016)
- "After the Arab Spring: How the Media Trashed the Transitions." Journal of Democracy 26 (2015)
- "Obama and the Middle East: Rightsizing the U.S. Role." Foreign Affairs 94 (2015)
- The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East(Columbia University Press 2014)
- "Syria in the Arab Spring: The Integration and Disintegration of Syria's Conflict With the Arab Uprisings, 2011-13." Research and Politics 1 (2014) (with Deen Freelon and Sean Aday)
- The Tourniquet: A Strategy to Defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Center for a New American Security (2014)
- Syria's Socially Mediated Civil War. United States Institute for Peace (2014)
- The Arab Uprising (PublicAffairs, March 2012)
- Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, And the Unmaking of an Era (ForeignPolicy, 2011). eBook.
- "After Egypt: The Limits and Promise of the Online Challenges to the Authoritarian Arab State". Perspectives on Politics 9, no.2 (2011), pp.301-310.
- "Veiled Truths: The Rise of Political Islam in the West", Foreign Affairs 89, no.4 (July/August 2010), pp.138-147.
- Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, al-Jazeera, and Middle East Politics Today (Columbia Univ. Pr., 2007).
- "Brothers in Arms: Memo to the Muslim Brotherhood on How to Talk to America". Foreign Policy, September/October 2007.
- IAFF 6361 Middle East Studies Cornerstone
- IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies
Media and Politics in the Islamic World
- PSC 2440 Theories of International Politics
- PSC 2478 International Relations of the Middle East
- PSC 6478 International Relations of the Middle East
- PSC 8441 Advanced Theories of International Relations