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Omar S. Dahi Curriculum Vitae
Franklin Patterson Hall School of Critical Social Inquiry Hampshire College Amherst, MA 01002 Phone: (413) 559 5392 Fax: (413) 559 5620 odahi@hampshire.edu

Birth date: November 18, 1978

Citizenship: Syrian Arab Republic

EMPLOYMENT     Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East Center, Lebanon, 2013-Present Associate Professor of Economics, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College, USA 2013-Present Visiting Professor of Economics, Masters Program in International Relations, Universidad del Salvador, Argentina (June-August 2009) Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College, USA 2006-2013

EDUCATION  Ph.D. in Economics, University of Notre Dame, 2006 Dissertation: South-South Trade and economic development (Chair: Amitava Krishna Dutt)   M.A. in Economics, University of Notre Dame, 2006 B.A. in Economics, California State University Long Beach, 2000

TEACHING AND RESEARCH SPECIALIZATION International Trade Political Economy of Middle East and North Africa RESEARCH Academic Journal Articles “The Limits of the New Regionalism: Syrian-Turkish Relations in retrospect” under review Middle East Critique (with F. Demir) “Preferential Trading Agreements and Manufactured Goods: Does it Matter Who You PTA With?” Applied Economics 45(34):4754-4772 2013 (with F. Demir). “Trade Flows, Exchange Rate Uncertainty and Financial Depth: Evidence from 28 Emerging Countries” Southern Economic Journal, 79(4) 2013 (with M. Caglayan and F. Demir). “The political economy of the Egyptian and Arab Revolt” International Development Studies Bulletin, 43(1) January 2012. “Revolts in Syria: Tracking the Convergence Between Authoritarianism and Neoliberalism,” Journal of Asian and African Studies (47) 2012 (with Y. Munif). German translation: INAMO Middle East journal, Winter Issue 2011 Arabic translation: Bidayat journal, Winter/Spring 2012 (inaugural issue) 1 Economic Development South-South Economic Relations

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2 Reprint Sanhati Journal. “Revolts in Syria:Tracking the Convergence Between Authoritarianism and Neoliberalism,” Sanhati Online Journal www.sanhati.com October 16, 2011. Reprint Z Magazine “Syria’s Revolts” November 2011. 6. “Understanding the Political Economy of the Arab Revolts,” Middle East Report, Summer 2011. Swedish translation: Fronesis journal, April 2012. 7. “Asymmetric Effects of Financial Development on South-South and South-North Trade: Panel Data Evidence From Emerging Markets,” Journal of Development Economics, 2011 (with F. Demir). “South-South Trade in Manufactures : Current Performance and Obstacles for Growth.” Review of Radical Political Economics 40(3): 266-275, 2008 (with F. Demir).

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Book Reviews/Book Chapters 1. 2. Review of The Poorer Nations: a possible history of the Global South , by Vijay Prashad. Jadaliyya, May 13, 2013 (http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/11690/the-poorer-nations_a-possible-history-of-the-globa) Review of Capitalism and Class in the Gulf States, by Adam Hanieh. Arab Studies Journal, Spring 2012 XX (1): 147151. (invited) Reprint Jadaliyya (http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/5296/capitalism-and-class-in-the-gulf-arab-states) April 30 2012 Review of Ambiguities of Domination (arabic translation), by Lisa Wedeen. Journal of Palestine Studies, Fall 2011 (in Arabic). (invited) “The Middle East and North Africa.” A.K. Dutt and J. Ros (eds.), International Handbook of Development Economics. Edward Elgar, 2008 (with F. Demir).

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Articles/Op-Eds “MENA and the Global Economy Pre- and Post- Uprisings” Project on Middle East Political Science, Institute of Middle East Studies, George Washington University, May 28, 2013. “Economic roots of the Syrian Uprising,” (Persian) BBC Persian, April 5, 2013 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/world/2013/04/130405_an_syria_economy.shtml) “The Syrian Cataclysm” MERIP Blog, March 4, 2013 http://www.merip.org/syrian-cataclysm “After Battles Comes Syria’s Economic Choices” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace , Sada Online Journal, December 11, 2012 http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/2012/12/11/after-battles-come-syria-s-economic-choices/esqj (Arabic version: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/2012/12/11/esqm) “A Syrian Dilemma” Wiener Institut fur internationalen Dialog und Zusammenarbeit Newsletter (Austria), April 26, 2012 http://www.vidc.org/?id=1696 “Syria and the International Left” Translation Exercises blog, March 12, 2012 http://translationexercises.wordpress.com/category/omar-dahi/ Arabic translation: Al-Manshour online newspaper, April 16, 2012 7. Notes on the Syrian Uprising, Jadaliyya, February 12, 2012 http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/4382/notes-on-the-syrian-uprisings-(part-1) 2

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3 “A Syrian Drama. A Taxonomy of a Revolution,” Syria Comment, August 13, 2011 www.syriacomment.com German translation: INAMO Middle East journal, Fall Issue September 2011 9. “The Arab Revolts,” Center for Popular Economics Newsletter, April 2011

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10. “Critique of Neoliberalism in Syria,” Syria Comment, November 13th, 2009 www.syriacomment.com 11. “Ironies of the NAM summit,” Znet, July 19th, 2009 www.zcommunications.org 12. “Syrian Economy. Which way forward?” Forward Magazine, May 2007

Seminars/Conference Papers 1. Roundtable on Syrian Reconstruction and Development, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Beirut, Lebanon, March 22, 2013. “Late Development in the Middle East: Syria 2000-2010”, Hagop Kevorkian Center Fall Research Workshop, NYU, October 8, 2012. Discussant: Pete Moore, Case Western Reserve University. Panel Organizer: Two sessions on South-South Economic Integration and Development and Presenter “South -South Economic Relations: a Historical and Theoretical Approach” in the Eastern Economic Association (EEA) Annual Meetings, Boston March 2012. Panel Organizer “The Middle Eastern Revolutions” and Presenter: “From Welfare to Predatory States: The Political Economy of Development in Syria and the Arab Middle East” Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Conference URPE Sessions, Chicago, January 2012. “Syria’s Neo-developmentalist Moment: The Rise and Fall of Isam Al-Zaim” International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 2011. “Is South-South Trade a Radical Alternative? Evidence from MERCOSUR?” World Association of Political Economy Conference, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2011. “South-South Preferential Trading Agreements and Manufactures Exports” EEA Annual Meetings, New York, February 2011 (with F. Demir). “Asymmetric Effects of Exchange -Rate Uncertainty on South-South and South-North Trade: Panel Data Evidence from the Middle East, East Asia, and Latin America” Middle East Economic Association Parallel Sessions to ASSA Conference, Denver, January 2011 (with M. Caglayan and F. Demir). Panel Organizer and Presenter: “South-South PTAs and Industrial Development: Does it Matter Who You PTA With?” ASSA Conference URPE Sessions, Denver, January 2011 (with F. Demir).

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10. “Asymmetric Effects of Exchange -Rate Uncertainty and Financial Development on South-South and South-North Trade,” EEA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, February 2010 (with M. Caglayan and F. Demir). 11. “Regionalism and Development Under Changing Regimes” Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, February 2010. 12. “South-South Trade and the Emerging Global Order,” ASSA Annual Conference, URPE Sessions San Francisco, January 2009 (with F. Demir). 3

4 13. “Effects of Trade Liberalization and Preferential Trade Agreements on the Pattern and Direct ion of Trade: Evidence from MENA, Latin America and East Asia”, ASSA Conference, MEEA Sessions San Francisco, January 2009 (with F. Demir). 14. “Asymmetric Effects of Financial Development on International Trade,” International Economics Association Conference, Istanbul, June 2008 (with F. Demir). 15. “Asymmetric Effects of Financial Development on South-South and South-North Trade: Panel Data Evidence From Emerging Markets,” ASSA, URPE Sessions, New Orleans, January 2008. 16. “The Political Economy of Evolving Coalitions Among Developing Countries” EEA Annual Conference, New York, March 2008. 17. “Rethinking the Boundaries of International Economic Interaction: South -South Cooperation and Economic Development” ICAPE, Salt Lake City, June 2007. 18. “South-South or South-North: Has Direction of Trade Mattered for Developing Countries? Evidence from Skill Intensive Manufactures” EEA Annual Conference, New York, February 2007.

PUBLIC LECTURES/PANELS 1. “Iran, Israel, and the Bomb” Great Decisions Program, Foreign Policy Association, Northampton, MA “Understanding the trajectory of protests in Syria March – September 2011 University of Massachusetts Amherst Symposium “On Protest”, Amherst, MA “MENA in the global economy pre and post- uprisings” Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University Symposium “Political Economy and Foundations of Regional Change” “Rise of the South: Current Trends Future Possibilities” Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, NY “Building a movement for Palestinian rights in a changing regional context” Hampshire College, Amherst, MA “The Syrian opposition movements in the Syrian Revolution” Hampshire College, Amherst, MA “Socio-economic Challenges in post-Asad Syria” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Conference on Syria The Carnegie Endowment, Washington D.C. “Economic and social consequences of Syrian Uprising” T-Marbouta Cultural center and Café, Beirut, Lebanon “Crisis in Syria” Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts April 26, 2013

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10. “Reflecting on the Arab Uprisings” International Relations Student Club Panel, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 11. “Syrian Uprising within the Arab Revolts” Professor Jillian Schwedler’s Panel on Arab Spring with Sayres Rudy, Gregory White, and Vijay Prashad

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5 University of Massachusetts, Amherst 12. “Dynamics of the Syrian Revolt” Unitarian Universalist Church, Northampton, Massachusetts 13. “Slaughter in Syria: What can be done?” Panel organized by Peace and World Security Program University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 14. “Understanding the Syrian Revolution” Yellow Sofa, Northampton, Massachusetts 15. “Crackdown in Syria: Events on the ground and implications” Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts 16. “The Syrian Revolution” Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts 17. “An Inside Look at the Syrian Revolution” Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Massachusetts 18. “September 11 and the Arab Spring” Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts 19. “Middle Eastern Revolts: Where will the Domino Effect Lead?” Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts 20. “Dilemmas of Liberalization in the Arab Middle East” University of Massachusetts Amherst 21. “Understanding the Political Economy of the Middle Eastern Revolts” Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, Massachusetts 22. “The Middle East in Revolt” Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts 23. “South-South Trade and Economic Development” Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat, India March 3, 2012

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24. “The Economic Performance of the Middle Eastern Economies” November 27, 2007 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Professor Mary Wilson “ The Middle East in the 20th Century” 25. “South-South Economic Relations” University of Massachusetts Amherst, Professor Stephanie Luce “ Labor in US Economy” 26. “Global Trade in Developing Countries” Amherst Club, Amherst, Massachusetts 27. “Thriving in a Wal-Mart World” Wal-Mart Conference, Discussant University of Notre Dame, Indiana May 9, 2007

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MEDIA APPEARANCES/INTERVIEWS The Real News Network, KPFA Berkeley, New England Public Radio, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera English CKUT, Montreal, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Albany, Cape Town Radio South Africa Gazeta Wyborcza Poland, Europa Quotidiano Italy, Worldview WBEZ Chicago, Daily Star News Paper, Lebanon PROFESSIONAL SERVICE/ ASSOCIATIONS Editorial Committee, Middle East Report

Program Committee MESA Annual conference 2012 5

6 Global Economic Association, member Union of Radical Political Economics, member Global Studies Association, member COURSES TAUGHT Economic Development Globalization and Africa World Trade and the WTO Consumption and Happiness The Middle Eastern Economies Imperial Imaginations, Developmental Visions & Middle East South-South Economic Relations Politics and Economics of the Arab Uprisings World Association of Political Economy, member Middle Eastern Studies Association, member Eastern Economic Association, member

GRANTS/ FELLOWSHIPS Arab Council for Social Sciences Producing the Public in the Arab World “Space” Working Group Grant International Development Economists Association (IDEA) Network Research Grant on New Regionalism in Southwest Asia Arab Council for Social Sciences Lead Investigator, Plight of Syrian Refugees Whiting Fellowship Marian and Jasper Whiting Foundation: Social and Economic Consequences Of the Syrian Uprising Faculty Development Grant Dean of Faculty Office, Hampshire College Faculty Development Grant Dean of Faculty Office, Hampshire College Faculty Development Grant Dean of Faculty Office, Hampshire College Mellon Language Grant Dean of Faculty Office, Hampshire College Curriculum Development Grant Five College African Studies Council UISFL Grant Faculty Development Grant Dean of Faculty Office, Hampshire College Teaching Assistant Fellowship Department of Economics, University of Notre Dame Research Assistant Fellowship Department of Economics, University of Notre Dame Graduate Student Fellowship ADMINISTRATIVE/ACADEMIC SERVICE EXPERIENCE Educational Policy Committee Search Committee: Middle Eastern Studies Policy Committee Fulbright Committee Search Committee for Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics School of Critical Social Inquiry Reappointment and Promotions Committee Global Advisory Committee Search Committee for Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Faculty Compensation Committee Search Committee for Visiting Assistant Professor of South Asian Studies Curriculum Committee 2013-2015 2013-2014 2013-2014 Summer 2012

Summer 2011 Summer 2010 Summer 2009 Fall 2008 Fall 2007 Summer 2007 Spring 2006 Fall 2005 2000- 2004

AY 2011/2012 Fall 2011 2010-2012 2008-2011 Fall 2010 Fall 2010 Fall 2010 Fall 2008 2008-2009 Spring 2007 Fall 2007

LANGUAGES Arabic (mother tongue), English (fluent), Spanish (intermediate) 6

7 REFERENCES FRANK HOLMQUIST Professor Emeritus of Politics Hampshire College 893 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 Email: fholmquist@hampshire.edu AARON BERMAN Professor of History Hampshire College 893 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 Email: aberman@hampshire.edu AMITAVA K. DUTT Professor of Economics and Political Science University of Notre Dame Fellow, Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies and Kellogg Institute of International Studies 217 O’Shaughnessy Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 Email: adutt@nd.edu

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