Maryam Jamshidi is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Her work lies at the intersection of international law, national security, and tort law. Her writing often touches upon popular democracy and its relationship to the law. For ten years, she has also served as the founder and editor-in-chief of Muftah.org, a digital magazine focused on the Middle East and North Africa. In her work as editor-in-chief, Maryam steered the magazine through the Arab Spring, editing an/or soliciting articles that explored the rise and fall of various nascent democratic movements. Through this work, she developed an interest in the role played by everyday citizens in political change – an interest that culminated in the publication of her book, The Future of the Arab Spring: Civic Entrpreneurship in Politics, Art, and Technology Startups.
Maryam’s writing has appeared in various law reviews and other academic volumes, as well as in media outlets such as the Washington Post, Jacobin, and Al Jazeera English. Maryam received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brown University, a Master’s degree in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.