Michael Sharnoff, PH.D. Curriculum VitaeDirector, Strategic Regional Initiatives; Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, Washington, DC – 2015 to present
Director of Regional Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East Studies: Teaching graduate level courses in the history and politics of contemporary Islamic and Middle Eastern issues; actively involved in curriculum development and course, programmatic and institutional learning outcomes assessment; assisting in the accreditation process; general academic and administrative duties for the department including advising and budget.
eSchool Media, Bethesda, MD – 2013-2015
Client Services Manager/Associate Online Editor: Reviewed all online content. Doubled page view traffic and lowered bounce rate within six months. Implemented editorial accountability with monthly scorecards and weekly analytics. Managed trusted relationships with clients by understanding their products. Oversaw deliverables to ensure successful projects for clients. Supervised and mentored five editorial interns.
Wikistrat (Volunteer) – 2012 to present
Senior Analyst: Member of a network of geopolitical experts that provides governments and companies with real-time analysis and insights on historical, cultural, political, and economic developments in conflict zones.
Jewish Policy Center, Washington, DC – 2008-2009
Research Associate and Assistant Editor: Served directly under the Director of Policy in a challenging, fast paced environment. Wrote scholarly articles and served as assistant editor for the quarterly journal. Planned seminars, speaking tours, and fundraising events. Managed the website and wrote weekly blog posts. Excelled under pressure and effectively mentored three interns.
Hudson Institute – 2008
Research Intern: Researched and wrote articles on the Middle East. Conducted timely and complex data analysis pertaining to WMD. Acquired proficiency in counterterrorism/military cooperation issues. Proofread supervisor’s book, Kazakhstan and the New International Politics of Eurasia.
United States Congress – 2006
Congressional Intern to Joe Wilson (R-SC): Served as a congressional aide in a demanding, high-energy atmosphere and assisted in all aspects of daily congressional tasks. Served as data collector during House and Senate hearings. Led guided tours of the United States Capitol. Briefed the congressman on national and international current events.
Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel (Routledge, 2017).
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
“Strange Bedfellows: Israel and the Gulf Arab States,” Working Paper for the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa’s eleventh annual conference in Washington, DC (2018).
“Why Russia will Prevail in Syria,” Washington Post, February 27, 2018.
“Iran has Driven Israel and the Gulf Arab States Together,” Washington Post, January 3, 2018.
“Nasser’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War,” BESA Center Perspectives Paper
No. 472, May 21, 2017.
“Arab Decline and Rising Iranian Influence,” Your Middle East, January 31, 2016.
“Egyptian Attitudes toward the Yemen war,” Your Middle East, April 17, 2015.
“White House Needs to Support Egypt and Jordan with a Consistent Anti-Terrorism Strategy,”
Huffington Post, March 10, 2015.
“Can Palestinian Third Parties Make A Difference?” Palestine-Israel Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2 &
“Defining the Enemy as Israel, Zionist, Neo-Nazi or Jewish: The Propaganda War under
Nasser’s Egypt, 1952-1967,” Vidal Sassoon Center International Center for the Study of
Antisemitism, Posen Papers in Contemporary Antisemitism No. 14 (2012).
“Reexamining the Arab Peace Initiative,” Huffington Post, January 24, 2012.
“Palestinian Attitudes toward Israel,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, May 2012.
“Post-Mubarak Egyptian Attitudes toward Israel,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, October
“Looking Back: Nasser’s Inter-Arab Rivalries: 1958-1967,” al Arabiya, July 2011.
“Academic Perspective: Revisiting Nasser and Palestine after the 1967 War,” al Arabiya, June
“Nasser’s Arab Rivals: 1958-1967,” Institute for Security and Defense Analysis (Greece),
Middle East Observer (Issue 4, Vol. 4, March-June 2011).
Review of Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since 1948, by Oroub El-Abed, Association for
the Study of the Middle East and Africa, May 18, 2010.
“The Syrian-Soviet Alliance,” inFOCUS Quarterly, Spring 2009.
“Syria and the Greater Middle East in 2020 and Beyond,” National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, April 5, 2018.
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, Washington, DC. “Eliminating the Consequences of Aggression: Egypt’s Strategy after the 1967 War” (2017). “Defining the Enemy as Israel, Zionist, Neo-Nazi or Jewish: The Propaganda War under Nasser’s Egypt, 1952-1967” (2011). “Reexamining Inter Arab Rivalries under Nasser’s Egypt” (2010).
The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, Washington, DC. “Forecasting Global Energy Geopolitics and Markets” (Moderator, 2017). “Nasser’s Peace Book Talk” (2017). Western Security Hemisphere Conference, “The Influence of Extra-Regional Actors in the Western Hemisphere” (Moderator, 2016).
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management. “Arab/Israeli Conflict” (Guest Lecturer, 2013). “Introduction to Middle East History and Islam” (Guest Lecturer, 2013). “Pre-Islamic Arabia to the Modern Middle East” (Guest Lecturer, 2012).
Strategic Issues in the Middle East – MA
Islamic Politics and Terrorism – MA
Arab Israeli Conflict – MA
The Contemporary Middle East: A New Look at Changing Regional Dynamics – MA
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa
International Studies Association
Doctor of Philosophy, Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, King’s College, London.
Master of Arts, Middle Eastern History, Tel Aviv University.
Bachelor of Arts, History, College of Charleston.