Djavad Salehi-Isfahani received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech and a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1977-84) and been visiting faculty at the University of Oxford (1991-92), the Brookings Institution (2007-08), and Harvard Kennedy School (2009-2010, and fall 2013). He has served on the Boards of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo and the Middle East Economic Association. He is the Associate Editor of the "Middle East Development Journal". His research has been in energy economics, demographic economics, and the economics of the Middle East. He has co-authored two books, "Models of the Oil Market" and "After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World", and edited two volumes, "Labor and Human Capital in the Middle East" and "The Production and Diffusion of Public Choice". His articles have appeared in "Economic Journal", "Journal of Development Economics", "Health Economics", "Economic Development and Cultural Change"," "Journal of Economic Inequality", "International Journal of Middle East Studies", "Middle East Development Journal", and "Iranian Studies", among others.