Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University.
His academic work has focused on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli nationalism. He is author of The Persistence of the Palestinian Question (Routledge, 2006). He is also known for his book Desiring Arabs, about representations of sexual desire in the Arab world.
Massad, a Palestinian, was born in Jordan in 1963. He received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia in 1998