Nathan Gonzalez is a scholar of international politics specializing in ethnic conflict and Iran. He is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and a part-time lecturer of Middle Eastern politics at California State University, Long Beach. Since 2011, he has also served as founding publisher and executive editor of Nortia Press, a boutique publisher of global affairs books, now with over 15 titles in print.
In addition, Nathan is author of two books, Engaging Iran (2007) and The Sunni-Shia Conflict (2009). The first book called for greater cooperation between Iran and the United States in fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq. The second provided a history of the Sunni-Shia conflict, offering a geopolitical explanation for the hardening of the two branches of Islam over time. His third book will be based on his dissertation, which proposes a theoretical framework for understanding how borders affect ethnic relations in postcolonial states.
Nathan holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and is finishing a doctorate in political science at UCLA. 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