Professor of Government, Georgetown University


Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt


The University of Michigan: B.G.S., 1980; The University of Washington: M.A., Sociology, 1984; The University of Chicago: M.A., Political Science, 1986; Ph.D., 1989.


Assistant Professor of Political Science: George Washington University (1990-93).
Assistant Professor of Government: Georgetown University (1994-97).
Associate Professor of Government: Georgetown University (1997-2005).
Chairman: Department of Government (2002-05).
Professor of Government: Georgetown University (2005- Present).
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs: SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University (2005-06)
Provost and Acting Chancellor, The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (2008-2009).
Rector and Acting Chancellor, The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (2009-10).


Not By Reason Alone: Religion, History, and Identity in Early Modern Political Thought (University of Chicago Press, 1993).
The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future (University of Chicago Press, 1995).
Plato’s Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times (Princeton University Press, 2006).
Tocqueville in Arabia (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Articles placed in The American Political Science Review, The Review of Politics, The Journal of Politics, Political Theory, Critical Review, and The Journal of Religion.

History of Political Thought, Political Theology, Philosophy of History, and Social Theory.

I am currently working on a manuscript entitled, Reinhold Niebuhr and the Politics of Hope.

Administrative Positions (details):

  • Chairman, Department of Government, Georgetown University, 2002-05. Oversaw the operation of the largest undergraduate major on campus, with one of the largest number of tenured faculty members. Maintained and grew our Ph.D. Program, which is one of the top 25 in the U.S. Developed three M.A. Programs, which brought in over $500,000 of revenue to the Department each year—an accomplishment never matched by any other Department at Georgetown. Worked closely with The Dean of the College, the Dean of the School of Foreign Service, and GPPI (Georgetown Public Policy Institute) to assure the ongoing delivery of overlapping curricula.
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, SFS-Q 2005-08 (intermittently). In conjunction with the Dean, helped establish the protocols that would guide faculty governance and research procedures. Represented the interests of the faculty to the Dean’s Office, and vice versa. Met regularly with the Directors of all the other Administrative Departments with a view to assuring that the needs of the faculty were met.
  • Acting Chancellor and Provost; Acting Chancellor and Rector, The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani, 2008-10. Grew the first American university in Iraq from 50 to 450 students. Worked closely with the Board planning the future development of AUI-S. Established Student Affairs, Admissions, and the Faculty Suite under the Office of the Provost. Helped establish Business, IT, and Liberal Arts major. Coordinated HR, Finance, Facilities, Procurement, and IT Departments. Centralized procedures where necessary; decentralized procedures where possible. Represented the University in its dealings with the construction company charged with building the new campus.

Administrative References:

  • Dr. John Agresto, former President of St. Johns College, Santa Fe; and AUI-S Provost, 2009-10.
  • Dr. Barham Salih, former Prime Minister of Kurdistan, and Chairman of the AUI-S Board.
  • Dr. James Reardon-Anderson, former Dean, Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Doha, Qatar.
  • Dr. Brendan Hill, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Doha, Qatar.