Amir A. Afkhami, MD, PhD, is an associate professor with joint appointments in psychiatry, global health, and history and the director of medical student education at the George Washington University. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Defense's Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA) and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


Afkhami's doctoral level education in both history and medicine has allowed him to take a multidisciplinary approach to historical scholarship and to solving some of our most pressing contemporary challenges in health and diplomacy as an advisor to the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and the U.S. Senate.

Prior to joining GWU, Afkhami was a lecturer in the global history of public health at Yale University.  He has published extensively in both professional journals and mainstream media including award-winning articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs.