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Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology, Columbia University

Musa al-Gharbi is a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology at Columbia University. His work explores how knowledge is produced, transmitted, evaluated and put to use (or not) — and how thinking is shaped by the institutions and social contexts people find themselves in. He applies these lenses to a range of topics including race, inequality, social movements, extremism, policing, national security, foreign policy — and more recently — U.S. political elections.

Al-Gharbi’s research has been published in The Wilson Quarterly, Middle East Policy, The Times Higher Education, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Quartz, The Observer, Salon, AlterNet, HuffPo, Counterpunch, The National Interest, MarketWatch, The American Conservative and other venues–subsequently featured in dossiers by the U.S. State Department, the U.S Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Army War College, the Combatting Terrorism Center (CTC) at Westpoint, and Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education.

Articles have been translated into Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Farsi, and other languages–receiving wide circulation and syndication. Work has been cited in textbooks and journal articles, and featured by the Brookings Institute, the New America Foundation, RAND Corporation, and in outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and New York Magazine.

Musa is also regularly tapped for radio, print and television interviews, to include spots with China’s Global Times, Egypt’s Al-Ahram, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Voice of Russia, RT America, Newsmax, Voice of America, and Agence France-Presse (AFP).


  • 2016–present
    Managing Editor, Heterodox Academy
  • 2016–present
    Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology, Columbia University
  • 2012–2016
    Managing Editor, Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC)
  • 2014–2015
    Adjunct Instructor, Government & Public Service, University of Arizona (South)
  • 2011–2013
    Teaching Assistant, Philosophy, University of Arizona


  • 2017 
    Columbia University, MA/ Sociology
  • 2013 
    University of Arizona, MA/ Philosophy
  • 2012 
    University of Arizona, BA/ Philosophy
  • 2012 
    University of Arizona, BA/ Near Eastern Studies
  • 2009 
    Cochise College, AA/ Philosophy


  • 2019
    Resistance as Sacrifice: Towards an Ascetic Antiracism, Sociological Forum
  • 2018
    Discourses on Countering Violent Extremism: The Strategic Interplay Between Fear and Security After 9/11, Critical Studies on Terrorism
  • 2018
    Race and the Race for the White House: On Social Research in the Age of Trump, The American Sociologist
  • 2016
    From Political Liberalism to Para-Liberalism: Epistemological Pluralism, Cognitive Liberalism & Authentic Choice, Comparative Philosophy
  • 2015
    The Case for an Unprincipled Foreign Policy, The Wilson Quarterly
  • 2014
    Building on Nietzsche's Prelude: Reforming Epistemology for the Philosophy of the Future, Universal Publishers
  • 2013
    Syria Contextualized: The Numbers Game, Middle East Policy

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)