Sanam Vakil is a professorial lecturer in the Middle East Studies department at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS Europe) in Bologna, Italy. Prior to this, Dr Vakil was an assistant professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC.
Dr Vakil has provided commentary, research and political risk analysis for Oxford Analytica, Rastah Ideologistics, Gerson Lehman Group, International Republican Institute, Management Systems International, The World Bank Group, PFC Energy and Dunia Economic Research.
She has also published commentary for a variety of academic and news outlets and has been consulted by high-ranking government officials in the US, UK and Europe. She received her BA in Political Science and History from Columbia University and earned her MA and PhD in International Relations with a specialization in Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS.
- Iranian domestic and foreign policy
- GCC politics
- US foreign policy to the Middle East
- Leadership and governance in the Middle East
- Civil society development, gender
|2008 - present||Professorial lecturer, Johns Hopkins University - SAIS Europe|
|2011-13||Senior Research Associate, Management Systems International|
|2005-07||Assistant Professor, Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS Washington|
Research assistant, Iran Project, Council on Foreign Relations
Some - Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, ABC News, NPR
- Persian, Italian
- German, Basic Arabic and French (not for broadcast)
- Women and Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bloomsbury, New York, 2011 & 2013
- 'Obama’s Iranian Gamble,' The International Spectator, vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 8-13
- 'The Iranian Women’s Movement: Agency and Activism through History', Deutsche Orient, Vol. 4 2013
- 'Ideology and Factionalism in Iran' in Shiite Ideology Atlas, Assaf Moghadam ed. Routledge, 2011
- 'Balancing East against West: Iran, Russia, China & India', Washington Quarterly, Autumn 2006
- Election Clocks Are Ticking on Rouhani's Reforms 18 April 2016
- Despite Election Triumph, Rouhani Still Faces Formidable Foes 01 March 2016
- The Saudi-Iran Standoff is Not Really Sectarian 12 January 2016