Paul Amar is associate professor in the Global and International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in comparative politics, international security studies, political sociology, global ethnography, theories of the state, and theories of gender, race, and postcolonial politics. He focuses on democratic transitions in the Middle East and Latin America, and traces the origins and intersections of new patterns of police militarization, security governance, humanitarian intervention, and state restructuring in the megacities of the Global South. He has been interviewed regularly on radio and television and has contributed to Jadaliyya e-zine, Al Jazeera Online, Courrier International, Cairo Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and a dozen other international news publications in seven languages. His books include The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism; Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East (edited with Diane Singerman); New Racial Missions of Policing: International Perspectives on Evolving Law-Enforcement Politics; Global South to the Rescue: Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing Rescue Industries; and The Middle East and Brazil.