Studying Middle East: A Professor’s Course Comes Alive

San Diego Union-Tribune -- As told to U-T Reporter Matthew T. Hall

Avi Spiegel, a sharp student of the Middle East, found himself in a new position in January: teaching a class on its history and politics as uprisings utterly changed both in one country after another.

Spiegel, 35, is an assistant professor of political science and international relations at the University of San Diego.

He welcomed his first-ever class one week after Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled that nation, ending 23 years of authoritarian rule and giving protesters in nearby countries something new: hope. (Full Story