Esmat Ishag-Osman is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in political science attending Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He is currently working on his dissertation which is expected to be complete by the summer of 2020. His research focuses on political parties, party organizations, the institutional rules and effects of primary election systems, voter behavior, and political participation. Esmat is currently an instructor at Wayne State University teaching for the political science department. He teaches American government and comparative politics. He was recently awarded the GEOC Teaching Award for the 2017-2018 school year in the social sciences. His previous role had him working for the Graduate School in Wayne State University as a project manager for the Next Generation Ph.D. grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Esmat also serves as a member of the board of directors for Black Family Development, Inc. He is very active in local party politics serving as a former Executive Vice Chair, DNC liaison, and Chair of the Political Organizing Committee for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization.
As Chair of the Political Organizing Committee, Esmat worked in conjunction with the Michigan Democratic Party to put together civic engagement workshops for the 13th District. Esmat also managed a city wide, Detroit school board campaign and served as a treasurer for a district judge’s re-election campaign during the 2018 election cycle.
Additionally, Esmat is a senior policy associate at CitizenDetroit, a civic engagement nonprofit focused on educating the citizens of Detroit on issues critical to their well being, seeking to increase civic literacy, and working to establish a standard of public accountability to Detroit's elected leadership. Esmat also has fundraising experience working with the Democratic National Committee to put together a fundraiser focused on millennial engagement in Detroit in the spring of 2017.