Joshua Landis

Joshua Landis

Formal First Name
1957 - present

Joshua Landis is an academic specializing in the Middle East and Syria. He is the Sandra Mackey Chair and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and the Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He also writes and manages “Syria Comment,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts over 100,000 readers a month. Dr. Landis is a frequent analyst on TV, radio, and in print and is a regular on NPR and the BBC. In addition, he often travels to Washington DC to consult with government agencies and speak at think tanks. Dr. Landis has helped raise over one million dollars for a new chair in Iranian studies, and helped bring the government funded Arabic Flagship Program to OU. He has received three Fulbright Grants, a SSRC Fellowship and other support for his research and won numerous prizes for his teaching.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Most recently, he has spoken at the Woodrow Wilson Institute, Brookings, USIP, Middle East Institute, and Council on Foreign Relations.

  • A frequent analyst on TV and radio, he has appeared on PBS NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, al-Jazeera, Frontline, NPR and BBC radio.

  • He is frequently published in such journals as Foreign Policy, & Middle East Policy.

  • He was quoted in the New York Times, Le Monde, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and TIME Magazine.


  • 2008 OU Foundation Excellence Teaching Award

  • 2005 Fulbright Senior Research Award

  • 1997 M.H. Kerr Dissertation Prize, Middle East Studies Association