Research Assistant Professor
Middle East Studies
Dr. Christopher Anzalone is Research Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies (MES) at the Krulak Center and an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and Department of History and Art History. Previously he was a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Postdoctoral Scholar at George Mason University’s Center for Global Islamic Studies. Dr. Anzalone has a Ph.D. in Islamic, Middle Eastern, and African studies from McGill University, an M.A. in Near Eastern studies from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a B.A. in history and religious studies from George Mason University. He has taught courses and published articles and book chapters on Middle Eastern and African history and politics, Islamic history and Islamic political thought, revolutionary thought in Islam, Shi’ite Islam and Islamist movements, the media operations and strategic communications of non-state armed groups, Somalia and East Africa, the Levant, Iraq, and Iran, and the history and contestation of the concepts of “jihad” and “martyrdom” in the Islamic world. At MCU, Dr. Anzalone is also the Editor of MES Insights, the bi-monthly publication of MES (https://www.usmcu.edu/mes/Insights/).