Curriculum Vitae

Posted April 21st, 2009 by Thanassis Cambanis


2011 – Present                  THE CENTURY FOUNDATION, Foreign policy fellow

Research and write about Arab politics, US foreign policy toward Middle East for progressive non-partisan New York-based think tank.
Manage Syria conflict analysis team which produces weekly content.
Principal investigator for Arab politics and security project, preparing two edited volumes of original research about political change and security cooperation in Arab world.

Oct. 2000 – Present           THE BOSTON GLOBE, Journalist

Internationalist, 2010 to present. Monthly foreign affairs column for Ideas section.

Foreign correspondent, 2003 to 2007. Stationed in Middle East as Iraq bureau chief and then regional Middle East bureau chief. Covered US invasion of Iraq, rise of new Iraqi political order, civil war and sectarian mobilization. Covered Arab regional potlicis, Lebanon-Israel war, Hamas, Islamist political movements.

2007 – Present                  FREELANCE WRITER

Contributor to The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, The National Interest, others.


2018 (expected)                 ARAB REGIONAL SECURITY COOPERATION (edited volume; co-editor)
TCF Press, imprint of Brookings Press

Edited volume on regional security architecture and confidence-building measures to reduce conflict in the Arab region. Volume will include 15 to 20 contributions. Contributing one essay.

2017 (expected)                 ARAB POLITICS AFTER THE UPRISINGS (edited volume; lead co-editor)
TCF Press, imprint of Brookings Press

Edited volume exploring Arab politics in the wake of the 2011 uprisings. As lead co-editor, have recruited 22 contributors to the volume under a shared research question. Contributing two essays.

2015                                  ONCE UPON A REVOLUTION: An Egyptian Story
Simon & Schuster

Non-fiction narrative book about the efforts of Egyptian revolutionaries to remake their nation’s politics after Mubarak’s fall.

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

Non-fiction narrative book on Hezbollah’s rank-and-file followers.



2009 – 2012      ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Taught graduate students in security policy and media concentrations. Paired student researchers with policy clients in “Capstone Courses.” Advised independent study.

2010 – 2012      ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, New School Graduate Program in International Affairs

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

2008 – 2009      FERRIS PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM, Princeton University

Visiting fellow at the Council for the Humanities. Taught weekly undergraduate seminar “Writing About War.”

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. Intermediate Arabic (ongoing study of Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Levantine). Functional Spanish.

Honors & Fellowships


Conducted research as associated at AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle East Studies.

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.

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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