Curriculum Vitae

Posted April 21st, 2009 by Thanassis Cambanis


2010      A PRIVILEGE TO DIE: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel
Free Press, Simon and Schuster

Non-fiction narrative book about the culture and motivations of Hezbollah’s rank-and-file followers. Publication date: September 2010.

2008 – Present      FREELANCE JOURNALIST, New York and Middle East

Write about the Middle East and US foreign policy from base in New York.

Contribute to The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, Far Eastern Economic Review, Global Post,
The Huffington Post.

Sept. – Dec. 2007      THE NEW YORK TIMES, Middle East Correspondent

Covered Arab world on three-month contract, including crisis in Lebanon, social issues in Gulf countries, elections in Jordan, politics in Syria.

Oct. 2000 – June 2007      THE BOSTON GLOBE, Staff Reporter

Middle East Bureau Chief, July 2005 to June 2007. Covered Arab world, Iraq, Middle East conflict, Lebanon-Israel war, rise of Hamas, Islamic politics.

Iraq Bureau Chief, March 2003 to June 2005. Covered war, politics, sectarian identity, Shi’ite and Kurdish communities. Covered invasion independently of US military.

News reporter, Boston, October 2000 to February 2003. Covered Iraq war lead-up in Washington, Boston federal courts, response to Sept. 11, shoe bomber Richard Reid.


On Point, The Connection, Here & Now (WBUR); The World (BBC-WGBH); MSNBC; CNN.

Summer 2000      WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE, News reporting intern, Brussels, Belgium

Covered European Commission, Parliament, tobacco regulation, Balkan policy.

1998 and Summer 1999      ASSOCIATED PRESS, Staff Writer, Greece and Indonesia

Covered Greek politics, economics, general news throughout 1998. Covered Indonesia’s presidential election, East Timor peace process in summer 1999.

Summer 1996      ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, News reporting intern, Clearwater, Florida

Worked as general assignment metro reporter in Clearwater bureau.


2009 – Present      ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Teach graduate students in security policy and media concentrations. Pair student researchers with policy clients in “Capstone Courses.” Advise independent study.

2010 – Present      ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, New School Graduate Program in International Affairs

Teach graduate lecture course on “Negotiating With ‘Terrorists.’”

2008 – 2009      FERRIS PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM, Princeton University

Visiting fellow at the Council for the Humanities. Teach weekly undergraduate seminar “Writing About War.” Designed original syllabus.

Education & Languages

May 2000      PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Master in Public Affairs, International Relations, with Distinction. Graduate Fellowship provided full tuition and living expenses grant for two years of study.


Bachelor of Arts, double major History and Creative Writing. Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa. Editor-in-chief of award-winning campus paper, The Daily Tar Heel.

LANGUAGES: Fluent Greek and French. Functional Spanish. Studying Arabic.

Honors & Fellowships

2009 – 2010      NEW IDEAS FUND FELLOW

Fellowship from New Ideas Fund in Washington, D.C. for research project into American policy toward engagement with terrorist-designated organizations.

Dec. 2007 – Present      WOMEN’S REFUGEE COMMISSION, International Rescue Committee, New York

Member of Media Advisory Board, which supports organization’s communications strategy.


Gave talks on Middle East politics at Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School, New York University Global Affairs program, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Georgetown Policy School. Panelist at 2008 Young Arab Leaders conference in New York.


Full tuition and living expenses for any four-year college or university in the Carolinas.

2006, 2003      PUBLISHER’S EXCELLENCE AWARD, The Boston Globe

For coverage of Iraq invasion in 2003, Lebanon war in 2006.


2009      JOURNALISM ANTHOLOGY, Princeton University Press

Contributed stories from Iraq and Lebanon to collection of writings by Ferris Visiting Professors of Journalism.


Sole author of published academic paper: “Trials for Timor: Dispensing Transitional Justice in Indonesian Courtrooms Instead of International Tribunals.”

1999      PARTNERSHIPS IN CRISIS: Collaboration Between International and Local NGOs

Edited and co-authored Princeton University study of international aid partnerships.

5 Responses to “Curriculum Vitae”

  1. I just heard your interview on “Fresh Air” with Gerry Gross.The entire content of the show, the questions, and primarily your explanations, experiences, viewpoints and straight forward accounts of the history and present situations of the Middle East were enlightening as no other account has ever offered by government, news agencies or “experts”. I thank you.

  2. PHA T says:

    The press interview was a winner. Totally impressed . Good luck to you and yours.


  3. Min Yee says:

    may the gods speed you far and wide my admirable young friend . . . what a great start you have. caught you on c-span.
    Min Yee, retired, 72, just a bit behind you on the curve.

  4. Ramin Najafi says:

    While channel surfing late on a Saturday evening. I happened to turn on BookTV. I found your presentation more interesting than anything else that was on. Very engrossing topic, excellent insight and relatable narratives regarding diametrically opposed religious, political and philosophical forces that plague the region. I want to place your book in my personal library, for others to see and form opinions about who I am, what I know and believe. Thank you.

  5. Shawna Murray M.D. says:

    Your CV needs a review of your own religious and political views. Anyone who considers themselves a journalist and who covers religious and political activity should provide a full accounting of their own mind-virus infections. Since the malignant memeplexes of religion (and nationalism) compete with one another, one could make an argument that the journalistic platform is being used to dominate rather than inform. Full disclosure should be required.

    TED 2008: Humans Are Just Machines for Propagating Memes, Susan Blackmore Says

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