Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization for the Politics department, the International Studies major, and the Peace & Justice Studies minor, as well as the Middle Eastern Studies minor, for which he has served as program director. He received his BA from Oberlin College, his MA from Temple University, and his PhD from Cornell University. Prior to coming to USF, Prof. Zunes served on the faculty at Ithaca College, Whitman College and the University of Puget Sound. Prof. Zunes serves as a writer and senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, an associate editor for Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun , and a member of the academic advisory council of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict..
A prominent specialist on U.S. Middle East policy, Prof. Zunes has presented numerous lectures and conference papers in the United States and over a dozen foreign countries. He has traveled frequently to the Middle East and other conflict regions, meeting with prominent government officials, scholars and dissidents. He has served as a political analyst for local, national, and international radio and television and as a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, Huffington Post, Truthout, The Progressive, In These Times and Common Dreams. He has published scores of articles in academic journals, anthologies, magazines, and newspaper op–ed pages on such topics as U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, Latin American politics, African politics, human rights, arms control, social movements and nonviolent action. He has served as a research associate for the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz; a visiting professor for the International Master in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies at Jaume I University in Spain, and, a visiting research professor at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand.