Sami Baroudi

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Sami E. Baroudi is a professor of political science and international affairs in the Department of Social and Education Sciences. He received his PhD in Political Science from Indiana University in 1992. He served as the associate chairperson of the then Department of Social Sciences. He played a major role in launching the MA in International Affairs Program at LAU and in the periodic revisions of the BA program in Political Science/International Affairs.

Between October 2001 and September 2005, Dr. Baroudi served as chairperson of the then departments of Education and Social Sciences in Beirut. In fall 2003, he was a visiting associate professor at Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA. In October 2005, he was appointed assistant provost for Faculty Affairs, a position he held until October 2013. In the 2013-2014 academic year, he served as the interim chair of the then Department of Communication Arts. Between October 2014 and August 2016, he was an assistant dean in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Research Interests

Dr. Baroudi has published extensively on the political economy of the Middle East, particularly Egypt and Lebanon and on sectarian relations in Lebanon. His current research agenda focuses on political Islam, especially the ideologies of radical Islamist movements and the views of mainstream Islamists on international relations. Baroudi is a member of the International Studies Association and the Middle East Studies Association.

Courses Taught

He teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses on International Political Economy, Foreign Policy Analysis and Theories of International Relations.

He enjoys traveling and reading philosophical works and biographies of world leaders.



Selected articles in journals

  • Sami E. Baroudi (2023) Ideas that travel: the influence of Abu al-A‘la al-Mawdudi on the political thought of two contemporary Arab Islamists: Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Sayyid Qutb, Politics, Religion & Ideology, 24:3, 377-397, DOI: 10.1080/21567689.2023.2277460
  • Sami E. Baroudi, “On Origins: Arab Intellectuals’ Debates on the Ideational Sources of ISIS”, Middle East Journal, VOLUME 74, NO. 2, SUMMER 2020, pp. 220-242, HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.3751/74.2.13
  • “The problematic notion of the ‘Islamic state’ in the discourses of contemporary Islamists: the case of Sheikh Muhammad Abu Zahra (1898–1974)” Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 56, 2020 - Issue 3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00263206.2019.1704269
  • “Hannah Arendt, the human condition and the embrace of human diversity in the discourses of two contemporary Islamists: Sheikh Muhammad Abu Zahra (1898–1974) and Sheikh Wahbah al-Zuhaili (1932–2015)”, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13530194.2019.1699775
  • “Sheikh Muhammad Abu Zahra (1898-1974) on International Relations: The Discourse of a Contemporary Mainstream Islamist”, Middle Eastern Studies, VOL. 54, NO. 3, 415–441, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2018.1434147.
  • “Sheikh Wahbah Al-Zuhaili on International Relations: The Discourse of a Prominent Islamist Scholar (1932-2015)”, Sami E. Baroudi (first author With Vahid Behmardi, Middle Eastern Studies, VOL. 53, NO. 3, 363–385, 2017.To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2016.1263190
  • “Realism in the international relations discourses of two leading Islamist thinkers: Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi (1926- ) and Sayyid Mohammad Hussein Fadlullah (1935-2010)”, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. VOL. 43, NO. 1, 2016, 94–114.
  • “Mohamed Hassanein Heikal on the United States: The Critical Discourse of a Leading Arab Intellectual” with Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss, Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2015, pp. 93-114.
  • “Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi on International Relations: The Discourse of a Leading Islamist Scholar (1926- )” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2014, pp. 2-36.
  • “Islamist Perspectives on International Relations: The Discourse of Sayyid Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah (1935-2010)” Middle Eastern Studies Vol. 49, No. 1 2013, pp. 107-133.
  • “US-French Collaboration on Lebanon: How Syria’s Role in Lebanon and the Middle East Contributed to a US-French Convergence” (with Imad Salamey) Middle East Journal, vol. 65, issue 3, Summer 2011, pp. 398-425.
  • “In the Shadow of the Quran: Recent Islamist Discourse on the United States and US Foreign Policy” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 46, No. 4, July 2010, pp. 569-594

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Political Science, 1991, Indiana University-Bloomington, USA
  • MA in Political Studies, 1984, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • BA in Economics, 1981, American University of Beirut, Lebanon