Dr. David Romano


Political Science

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Political Science
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. David Romano is a Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University. He has authored numerous publications on the Kurds and the Middle East, including two books.

His research interests cover nationalism, social movements, theories of peace and conflict, political violence, politicized Islam, Middle-East and Mediterranean politics (with a special emphasis on Turkey, Iraq, the Kurds and other Middle Eastern minorities) and foreign policy.

Dr. Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since 2010.



  • Ph.D. in Political Science, 2002, University of Toronto
  • M.A. in Political Science, 1993, McGill University
  • B.A. in Middle East Studies and Political Science, 1991, McGill University


  • Politics and Government of the Middle East
  • International Relations Theories
  • Foreign Policies of Middle East States
  • Political Violence and Terrorism

Research and professional interests

  • Nationalism
  • Social movements
  • Theories of peace and conflict
  • Non-state actors (particularly movements employing guerrilla and terrorist tactics)
  • Politicized Islam
  • Middle-East and Mediterranean politics (with a special emphasis on Turkey, Iraq, the Kurds and other Middle Eastern minorities)
  • Forced migration (refugees, internally displaced persons)
  • Globalization and development issues

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

Education and literacy

Media Appearances

Syrian business owner in Springfield laments the state of his native land
4/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
Dr. David Romano addresses most recent chemical attack in Syria.

Syrians stifled by Lebanon’s new entry restrictions
Arab News
2/18/2018 12:00:00 AM
Dr. David Romano weighs in on why Lebanon is restricting Syrians’ entry into the country.

What Israel's PM could have said
9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
This week a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gathered much attention from Kurdish and other Middle Eastern media. Mr. Netanyahu said that Israel “supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of their own.”

The fruits of Obama’s strategy and new challenges for Trump
9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
With the liberation of Mosul and now Tal Afar from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), the strategy of former US President Barack Obama finally bears fruit. In Syria as well, ISIS finds itself with its back against the wall as Kurdish-led PYD and SDF forces make their way through Raqqa and close in on (along with Assad regime forces from another direction) Deir ez-Zor.

The Time for Kurdistan’s referendum is now
8/24/2017 12:00:00 AM
In an opinion piece on Wednesday, the editorial board of The New York Times joined a chorus of Western and Iranian voices saying “now is not the time for the Kurds’ referendum on independence.” While conceding that “self-determination is an understandable goal” and that Kurds have yearned for independence “for generations,” The New York Times throws out the same concerns and objections as others.


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