Iranian Studies Initiative Steering Committee
Ali Mirsepassi is Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. From 2002 to 2007, he held several administrative posts in the Gallatin School Deans’ Office, including Interim Dean. As a Carnegie Scholar (2007-2009), his research project examined Western influence on political Islam. His teaching interests include social theories of modernity, comparative and historical sociology, sociology of religion, Middle Eastern societies and cultures, and Islam and social change. He is the author of several works, the most recent being Democracy in Modern Iran (NYU Press, 2010) Professor Mirsepassi has received numerous awards and grants for his work, including the Iranian Best Researcher of the Year in 2001.