David Mednicoff is a professor of Public Policy and Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His undergraduate degree in Public and International Affairs is from Princeton; his graduate degrees in Law and in Political Science are from Harvard. His research and teaching focus on comparative law and politics in the Middle East, forces of globalization, human rights, democratization and American foreign policy. He is currently engaged in a study of connections among the rule of law, the politics of reform and US policy in five Arab countries, including Qatar, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2006-7. He has won campus-wide and national awards for his teaching and frequently engages in community education and media work.