Sam is a student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in the Master of Arts in Global Governance program.
Sam graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Honors history. He focused primarily on Middle Eastern and Palestinian politics and history, and his undergraduate thesis focused on the machinations and impacts of the pro-Israel lobby on US politics in the early 1980s. Sam was a fellowship finalist with Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East in 2022/23 for his academic research.
Sam’s current research focuses on how international development in the West Bank of Palestine has impacted the policies of the Palestinian National Authority and its relations with the State of Israel. His time studying Arabic in the West Bank of Palestine inspired him to pursue this research focus.
He has continued his Arabic studies in the United States and the Middle East and has been awarded two fellowships at the University of Wisconsin for his studies.
Throughout his undergrad, Sam was heavily involved in electoral politics working on numerous congressional campaigns in the United States and working in the previous Canadian federal election and the Ontario Provincial election.