Howard Eissenstat is an Associate Professor of Middle East history at St. Lawrence University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at POMED. He received his PhD in Modern Middle East History from UCLA in 2007 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University in 2008-2009. Eissenstat's research focuses on nationalism and Islam in the 19th century Ottoman Empire as well as the history of the Turkish Republic. His recent work has focused increasingly on contemporary Turkish domestic and foreign policy, especially on issues of rule-of-law, minority rights, and the reshaping of political culture under the AKP.
In addition to traditional academic work, Dr. Eissenstat served for over a decade as a Turkey Country Specialist for Amnesty International-USA. He has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the US military, and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and given testimony to the Canadian Senate and offered briefing to Congressional Committees. He offers regular outreach to the media through op-eds and interviews.