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Kambiz "Kamy" Akhavan

Executive Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

Kambiz "Kamy" Akhavan, former CEO of, the nation's leading source of nonpartisan research on controversial issues, now leads the Center for the Political Future (CPF) 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 Poll, and community and global engagement.

Kamy writes and speaks on numerous topics including the origins of and solutions to political polarization, improving interpersonal communication, the awesome power of debate, how to burst echo chambers, nonprofit leadership, digital marketing, critical thinking, civics education, and how to teach controversial issues in your classroom. In addition to those topics, Kamy is a moderator, panelist, and keynote speaker on specific issues from marijuana legalization to gun control and from the death penalty to physician-assisted suicide.

With more than 20 years of experience in bridging divides at national levels, Kamy’s 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 teaches two USC classes:

Outside of USC, Kamy serves on several boards including Mikva Challenge, Listen First Project, Critica Science, Gell, Psychology of Technology Institute, PERKS, and The Society Library.

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.

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