Esmat is the Research Council’s expert on all policy matters related to Detroit affairs. He joined the Citizens Research Council in 2021 after completing his Ph.D. in political science from Wayne State University. Esmat earned his doctorate with a focus in American Government and minored in Urban and Comparative Politics. His dissertation research focused on American primary systems examining their impact on candidate behavior, electoral outcomes, and democratic governance. Before attending Wayne State, Esmat received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University.
In his eight years living in Detroit, Esmat has been involved in every aspect of civic life in the city. Before joining the Citizen’s Research Council, Esmat worked as a Research Assistant with the Political Science Department and the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. He also taught for three years working as a political science instructor at Wayne State University. During that time, he worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for a Detroit-based, civic engagement non-profit called CitizenDetroit. He has worked on two city-wide, nonpartisan campaigns serving as a campaign manager for a school board race and treasurer for a district court judge’s re-election campaign. Esmat has also worked as a community organizer, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Black Family Development, Inc