Authoritarian politics; democratization; comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East; Iranian politics; civil society; political economy; comparative policymaking; state-building; religion and politics; political development; qualitative and multi-method research.
Selection of classes taught:
Harvard University, Department of Government
Revolution and Politics in Iran (Government 94py)
Iran is increasingly a significant power in the Middle East and a salient country to global affairs. Accordingly, this course examines the intricacies of Iranian politics since the 1979 revolution. It explores a broad range of topics including the causes of the Iranian revolution; the political implications of the Islamic regime’s institutional architecture; the competitive factional dynamics within the ruling elite; Iranian foreign policy, Iran-US relations, and nuclear negotiations; and Shia political ideology.
Comparative Politics of the Middle East (Government 1207)
The Middle East is currently in the midst of a dramatic transformation since the Arab uprisings in 2011. This course situates the ongoing developments within the broader historical and political context of the region. It examines the politics of the Middle East through a variety of topics, including the modern state-building project, the legacy of empires and Western colonialism, Islam and politics, monarchies and authoritarianism, political economies, war and conflict, and the prospects for democratization.