Tarek Masoud is the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the board of trustees at The American University in Cairo (AUC) and of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy.
Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Tarek is the son of Egyptian immigrants, and spent most of his childhood in Saudi Arabia.
Tarek holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from Yale and an AB (with honors) from Brown, both in political science.
Tarek's articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Prior to earning his doctorate, he was an editorial intern at Foreign Affairs, a reporter on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and a research fellow at University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Tarek is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. Recently, he was named a Carnegie Scholar (2009-2011) by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for continuing his research on Islamist political parties in the Arab world.
Tarek lives in Cambridge, Massachussetts with his wife Kristin and sons.