Joseph Sassoon is an associate professor and al-Sabah Chair in Politics and Political Economy of the Arab World, both at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His current research focuses on globalization in the mid-nineteenth century and analyzes how merchant families built major trading networks around the globe. He has published extensively on Iraq, its economy, and the Middle East more broadly. His 2012 book, Saddam Hussein's Ba’th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime, won the prestigious British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East.

Sasson received his DPhil in the Economic History of the Middle East from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has held visiting scholar or fellowship positions at Georgetown University, Oxford University, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

Select publications:

  • Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • Saddam Hussein’s Ba’th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • The Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris and Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

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Joseph Sassoon (2018-2019)