Danny Postel

Danny Postel

Politics Editor

Danny Postel is Politics Editor at New Lines magazine. Previously he was Senior Editor of the London-based magazine openDemocracy; a staff writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C.; Editor of The Common Review, the magazine of the Chicago-based Great Books Foundation; Contributing Editor to Dædalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and an online editor at Encyclopædia Britannica.

He is the author of “Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran” (2006) and co-editor of three books: “The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future” (2010), “The Syria Dilemma” (2013), and “Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East” (2017). He is currently editing a volume exploring the legacies of the international relations theorist and Middle East scholar Fred Halliday.

Danny was Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver and Assistant Director of the Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University, where he coordinated programming for the university’s Middle East and North African Studies Program and its Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. He also taught international studies at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and magazine journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

His writing has appeared in The American Prospect, Boston Review, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, Critical Inquiry, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Dissent, Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, In These Times, Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture, Middle East Report (MERIP), The Nation, New Politics, the New York Times, The Progressive, Salmagundi and the Washington Post.

He has traveled throughout the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. For several years he taught Spanish at an elementary school in Chicago and English as a Foreign Language to migrants from Latin America. He wrote about Latin music for the alt-weekly Chicago paper New City and reviewed Latin American films for the Spanish-language newspaper La Raza. His work has been translated into Arabic, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish.

Danny welcomes pitches on the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and beyond, and especially welcomes articles that explore ideas, debates, theory, intellectual life and big global questions.