Nathan Gonzalez is Founding Publisher and Executive Editor at Nortia Press, a publisher of literary fiction and global affairs books. In addition, he is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and teaches Middle East politics and International Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
A regular commentator on English- and Spanish-language media outlets, Nathan is author of two books, Engaging Iran (Praeger 2007) and The Sunni-Shia Conflict (Potomac/Nortia 2009). The first book called for greater cooperation between Iran and the United States in fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq (now called ISIS), while the second book was a history of the Sunni-Shia conflict, offering a geopolitical explanation for the hardening of the two main branches of Islam over time. His third book will be based on his dissertation, which proposes a theoretical framework for understanding how borders affect identity and ethnic relations in young states, particularly in the Middle East.
Nathan holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He speaks Spanish, Iranian Persian, German, and Italian, and once in a blue moon is an amateur composer of chamber and orchestral music.
"Nathan Gonzalez has written the first general, accessible account of the conflict within the House of Islam and its continuing impact on the politics of the region. ... The Sunni-Shia Conflict is a powerful and persuasive book. It should be obligatory reading for every policymaker caught up in the current maelstrom in the Middle East." --Anthony Pagden, author of Worlds at War
"Nathan Gonzalez knows Iran. His grasp of the country's culture, religion, and complex political structure is unmatched among American analysts." --Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot
Debating the Iran nuclear deal, KPCC (NPR, Los Angeles) (2015)
(In Spanish) Commenting on the ISIS insurgency in Iraq, AmericaTeve (2014) (2:12)
On Iranian Shi’i politics, Denver Council on Foreign Relations (2010)
Original compositions by Nathan Gonzalez:
"Bajo estrellas que perdonan" (Orchestra)
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, horns, harp, strings (muted)
"Running through Heather Fields" (Piano sextet)
Instrumentation: Piano, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, English horn
"Lo lejano" (Chamber orchestra)
Instrumentation: Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, strings