BA, Communications, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 2005
PhD, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 2013
Dr. Lob is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations. His research focuses on the intersection of politics and development in the Middle East. It specifically explores how state and non-state actors in the region instrumentalize development as a soft power mechanism to further their political interests both domestically and internationally. Lob is currently working on a book project entitled Construction Jihad: Rural Development and Regime Consolidation in Revolutionary Iran (1979-2013). Based on ethnographic and archival research in Iran and Lebanon, the book examines how the Islamic Republic instrumentalized development to consolidate power at home and project influence abroad. The project is based on Lob’s 2013 dissertation at Princeton University entitled “An Institutional History of the Iranian Construction Jihad: From Inception to Institutionalization (1979-2011).” In 2014, the dissertation won the Foundation for Iranian Studies annual award for best dissertation and honorable mention for the International Society for Iranian Studies biannual Mashayekhi Dissertation Award.
Lob currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Middle East politics and international relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and political violence and revolution. Before joining the faculty at Florida International University, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Brandeis University’s Crown Center for Middle East Studies. Between 2009 and 2011, Lob conducted fieldwork and studied Persian in Iran. He also studied Arabic at Georgetown and Damascus Universities between 2005 and 2007.