Yahya Sadowski joined SPP from PFC Energy where he was senior political risk analyst. He provided assessments about the political economy of late-developing countries and global energy policy to private and national oil companies, national and international energy regulatory agencies, and a number of key governments. He has special expertise on Middle Eastern states (Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran) but also keeps track of wider issues such as the evolution of China and the travails of political Islam.
In 2008-09 he taught at Nanjing University in China. He has also lived/worked in Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at Washington's premier think tank, the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the American University of Beirut. He has held offices in a variety of professional and social organizations, including the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the Muslim Students Network.
He has a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of dozens of articles and three books, including The Myth of Global Chaos (a critique of globalization theory). His academic arena of expertise focuses upon the problems of governance and state formation, with a particular focus on how energy policy is reflected in national and global regulatory regimes. He managed PFC Energy's Future of the World project that studied how long-term trends in economics, politics, and technology interact. He is a fifth-generation Californian.
Yahya Sadowski is Professor of Political Economy at SPP.