Sami hold degrees in Political and Administrative Sciences and Sociology with distinction from Lebanese Universities and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at University of Southern California, California Polytechnic University at Pomona, and Drexel Universities in the USA. He is now teaching at the Department of political science and International affairs at University of Balamand in Lebanon, where he also held positions of Dean of College of Arts and Social Sciences and Chairperson of the Department. He received awards for teaching excellence.
Sami has lectured, researched, and published on Lebanon’s political system, reforms, sectarianism, ethnicity, citizenship, human rights, electoral systems, Arab Uprisings, social movements, gender, and theater. He served as an editor and member of editorial boards of few regional and international journals. He was the coordinator at University of Balamand and its representative in a Tempus Grant including nine Arab and European Universities on Community Service and Civic Engagement (2011-2014). He is active in civil society organizations, including those involved in election monitoring and reforms. He conducted numerous interviews on Lebanese and Middle Eastern issues with local and international press.