Laila Sorurbakhsh, PhD
Laila Sorurbakhsh received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Houston with specializations in Comparative Politics, American Politics and Quantitative Methods. Her dissertation, entitled “Feedback in the EU Advocacy System,” studies how institutional, environmental, and structural changes to the European Union have impacted interest group populations via their levels of competitiveness and survivability. Laila has published works in European Political Science and Interest Groups & Advocacy, and recently received the New Faculty Research Grant to conduct interviews in Brussels, Belgium regarding interest groups and biofuel policy. At the University of Houston, Laila has taught courses in American Politics, Comparative Politics, European Union Politics, and International Organizations. Upon finishing her service as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Laila accepted a position with the School of Professional and Extended Studies at American University in Washington DC. As of 2017, Laila has embarked on an exciting new career venture as the new Director for the Master's of NonProfit Management Program at the University of Houston-Downtown, returning to her hometown to take her academic pursuits to new heights.