A native of Pakistan, Aqil Shah currently teaches politics at Princeton University. He holds a doctorate in political science from Columbia University, and an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. Shah has held research fellowships at Stanford and Harvard. His commentary and analysis have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Journal of Democracy. In previous incarnations, he worked for the U.N., the International Crisis Group, and wrote a regular column for the Friday Times (Lahore) and Dawn (Karachi).