Peter Mandaville

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Peter Mandaville is Professor of International Affairs in the Schar School of Policy & Government, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (CRDC), and Senior Fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies—all at George Mason University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. From 2011-12 he was a member of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff where he was involved in shaping the U.S. response to the Arab Spring. From 2015-16 he served as a Senior Advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Religion & Global Affairs, where he acted as the U.S. Department of State’s primary subject matter expert on Islam. Previous affiliations have included the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and the Pew Research Center. He is the author of the books Islam & Politics (2nd edition, 2014) and Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma (2001) in addition to several co-edited books, many journal articles, book chapters, and op-ed/commentary pieces in outlets such as Foreign Affairs, the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, the Atlantic, and Foreign Policy. He has testified multiple times before the U.S. Congress on topics including political Islam, U.S. counterterrorism policy, and human rights in the Middle East. His research has been supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the British Council, and the Henry Luce Foundation.