Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology, Columbia University

Musa al-Gharbi is a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology at Columbia University. His primary research interests include the Sociology of Knowledge, Cognitive Sociology, Social Psychology and Applied Social Epistemology & Ethics.

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
    Research Associate, 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


  • 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


  • 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)