Dr. Malekafzali received his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in congressional-presidential relationship in foreign policy. He has taught successfully at some of the top ranking universities in the United States. These have included the University of Southern California and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. At University of Illinois, Dr. Malekafzali was recognized for more than a dozen semesters by his students as one of the most effective instructors on campus. Currently he is a teaching fellow at University of Oregon.