Research Staff

Alex Mirhadi

Alex Mirhadi

Data Scientist & Statistician

Alex Mirhadi is a Data Scientist and Statistician currently living in Washington DC. He completed his undergrad at George Mason University with a BS in DMIS (Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems) with extended studies in Applied Mathematics. Alex received a Masters Degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and is currently working for a large international healthcare agency in Washington DC as the Director of Data Science and Advanced Analytics. Alex's specialty is conducting large scale analysis for descriptive/predictive purposes, a methodology he employs on Iran using his deep knowledge of Iran and the Persian language. 

Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart

Researcher & Writer

Robert Stewart is a researcher, writer, and talented linguist with an academic background in cultural studies and Persian and Germanic languages. He completed his bachelor’s degree in German cultural studies and his master’s degree in Persian Language at the University of Maryland. Mr. Stewart has spent approximately three years living in Central Asia, studying in Tajikistan and working in support of two NATO missions in Afghanistan. As a researcher at the RAND Corporation, he participated in and conducted hundreds of interviews in support of qualitative method based research. He has further co-authored several policy monographs on a wide range of topics including Iran’s foreign and national security policy.

Shay Khatiri

Shay Khatiri

Researcher & Analysis

Shay Khatiri is a strategic studies scholar at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, where he is an Ambassador Andreas Baum fellow. He received his BA in political science from Arizona State University. His graduate studies are focused on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

He has researched Iranian politics, history, and public opinion at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the American Enterprise Institute. Shay grew up in Iran, is fluent in Persian, and currently works in Washington, D.C. as a national security consultant.