Kambiz "Kamy" Akhavan, former CEO of ProCon.org, the nation's leading source of nonpartisan research on controversial issues, now leads the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California. As the Executive Director, Kamy oversees the operations of all Center components including the Unruh Institute of Politics, the Fellow's Program, the USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll, and community and global engagement.
Kamy avidly writes and speaks on numerous topics including Amplifying the Awesome Power of Debate, Bursting the Echo Chamber, Dialogue Over Division, How to Save Democracy Through Critical Thinking, and Why and How to Teach Controversial Issues in Your Classroom. In addition to those topics, Kamy has moderated debates, served on panels, and provided keynote speeches on marijuana, gun control, immigration, death penalty, physician-assisted suicide, college affordability, and more.
Kamy has more than 20 years of experience in bridging divides at national levels. His work has served more than 200 million people, including students at more than 12,000 schools in all 50 states and 100 countries. He has been published and interviewed in textbooks, magazines, television, radio, newspapers, and websites including Reuters, Associated Press, Fox News, ABC, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and CBS.
Kamy was born in Iran, grew up in southern Louisiana, and has lived in California for over 25 years. He holds a BA and MA in History from UCLA.