Dr Joseph Sassoon

Dr Joseph Sassoon

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Joseph Sassoon is currently an Associate Professor at Georgetown University and holds the al-Sabah Chair in Politics and Political Economy of the Arab World. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford. During this academic year, 2014-2015, he was chosen as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC. In 2013, his book on Iraq and the Ba‘th Party won the prestigious British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East.

Born in Baghdad, Sassoon completed his Ph.D at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He has published extensively on Iraq and its economy and on the Middle East.



Selected Publications: 


Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party: Inside An Authoritarian Regime (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

The Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East (London, I.B. Tauris, 2009); paperback edition with a new preface, December 2010; Arabic translation by Arab Institute for Research and Publishing (Beirut and Amman, 2011)

Economic Policy in Iraq, 1932–1950 (London, Frank Cass & Co, 1987)


“Iraq’s Economy and Its Brain Drain after the 2003 Invasion,” Mokhtar Lamani and Bessma Momani (eds.) in From Desolation to Reconstruction: Iraq’s Troubled Journey (Waterloo ON, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010)

 “The Iraqi Ba‘th Party Preparatory School and the “Cultural” Courses of the Branches,” Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 50, no.1, 2014, pp. 27-42.

“The East German Ministry of State Security and Iraq, 1968-1989,” Journal of Cold War Studies (expected March 2014)

“State Security, Information and Repression: A Comparison of Communist Bulgaria and Ba‘thist Iraq,” in collaboration with Martin Dimitrov, Journal of Cold War Studies (expected June 2014)