Stephen Zunes

Stephen Zunes


Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6981 Kalmanovitz Hall 272 POLS (Annex)


Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of the Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization. He served as the founder and first director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program.

A prominent specialist on U.S. Middle East policy, Professor Zunes has presented hundreds of public lectures and conference papers in both 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 several print and online publications, and has published hundreds of articles in academic journals, anthologies, magazines, and elsewhere 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 writer and senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, an associate editor for Peace Review, and a contributing editor of Tikkun.

PhD, Cornell University
MA, Temple University
BA, Oberlin College
Assistant Professor in Politics, Ithaca College
Assistant Professor in Politics, Whitman College
Assistant Professor in Politics & Government, University of Puget Sound
Visiting Professor, International Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, Universitat Jaume I
Visiting Professor, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago
Middle Eastern & North African Politics
Peace Studies
U.S. Foreign Policy
Social Movements
U.S. Middle East Policy
Strategic Nonviolent Action
Western Sahara
Pro-Democracy Movements
Selected Publications

Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution in Northwest Africa [with Jacob Mundy], Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2010 (second revised and expanded edition, 2021)

Sudan's 2018-2019 Revolution: The Nonviolent Weapons Utilized and Lessons Learnt," ICNC Press, 2020

“The Role of Civil Resistance in Bolivia’s 1977-1982 Pro-Democracy Struggle,” Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, Vol. II, No. 1 (2018)

Nonviolent Resistance to Military Coups, ICNC Press, 2017

Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism, Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 2003

Awards & Distinctions

Post-Sabbatical Merit Award, University of San Francisco, 2017

Dean’s Scholar Award, College of Arts & Sciences, University of San Francisco, 2014-2015

College Media Award, College of Arts & Sciences, University of San Francisco, 2003-2004

Peace Scholar of the Year, Peace and Justice Studies Association, 2002

College Service Award, College of Arts & Sciences, University of San Francisco, 1999-2000