Faculty Profile

Edward Webb

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2007)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 202


His teaching and research activities are mainly in Middle East politics, comparative politics and international relations. He contributes to Middle East Studies and Security Studies. He has particular interests in the interaction of religions and politics and the politics of education, as well as authoritarianism and empire. His interest in pedagogical applications of new technologies, including simulations, games, and social media, has led to him being appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. A former diplomat, he has lived and worked in the Middle East and Europe. Recent publications: Professor Webb contributed a chapter on “Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism” to 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook, edited by Ishiyama & Breuning (2011) and a chapter, “Should the Daleks Be Exterminated?” (with Mark Wardecker) to Doctor Who and Philosophy, edited by Smithka & Lewis (2010). His article “Engaging Students with Engaging Tools” was published in Educause Quarterly in 2009.


  • B.A., Cambridge University, 1992
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2007

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

MEST 266 Intl Pol of the Middle East
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and POSC 277-01.

POSC 277 Intl Pol of the Middle East
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and MEST 266-01.

INST 277 Intl Pol of the Middle East
Cross-listed with MEST 266-01 and POSC 277-01.

INST 401 Empire
Empires may seem to belong to history, but they have shaped today’s political order and globalizing economy. Few parts of the world have been untouched by empire. Some argue that the United States is or should be an empire, whether they see it as benign or malign. What does empire mean today? Participants will critically assess diverse materials to come to their own conclusions about the analytical utility of the concept of empire, and how they can best apply it to understand issues that matter in world politics today. Students will produce research papers examining how empire affects their areas of specialization, in preparation for discussion at the oral examination in the spring.

Spring 2016

INST 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with POSC 170-03.

POSC 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with INST 170-03.

MEST 260 Media/Pol in Mdl East & N Afr
Cross-listed with POSC 260-01.

POSC 260 Media/Pol in Mdl East & N Afr
Cross-listed with MEST 260-01.

POSC 550 Independent Research

POSC 550 Independent Research