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Ali Mirsepassi

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Tuesday 3:30-6
Thursday 10-12

Ali Mirsepassi is professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at Gallatin and in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He is also director of Iranian Studies Initiative at NYU. In addition, he is affiliated faculty at the NYU Sociology department in the Faculty of Arts of Science. He was a 2007-2009 Carnegie Scholar. He is the co-editor, with Arshin Adib-Moghadam, of “The Global Middle East,” a book series published by the Cambridge University Press. His teaching and research interests include social theories of modernity, Iranian intellectual history, political Islam, modern Islamic thought, and sociology of religion. He is the co-author, with Tadd Fernee, of  Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism (Cambridge University Press, 2014); is the author of Political Islam, Iran and Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Democracy in Modern Iran (New York University Press, 2010), Intellectual Discourses and Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Truth or Democracy (published in Iran); the co-editor of Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World (Syracuse University Press, 2002); and the guest editor of “Beyond the Boundaries of the Old Geographies: Natives, Citizens, Exiles, and Cosmopolitans” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East , which was published in 2005. He is currently completing a book on the Iranian philosopher Ahmad Fardid. From 2002 to 2015, he held several administrative posts in the Gallatin School Deans’ Office, most notably serving twice as the School’s interim dean. Professor Mirsepassi has taught at Hampshire College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the recipient of several awards, including a 2001 Best Researcher of the Year Award, a teaching award from Tehran University, 2014 Award for Outstanding Service from the Institute for International Education Scholar Rescue Fund, and has received grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ali Mirsepassi


B.A. Political Science, University of Tehran, 1974
M.A. International Relations, American University, 1980
Ph.D. Sociology, American University, 1985

Recent News

In 2014, Professor Ali Mirsepassi was appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board for New Bulgarian University’s International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Linguistics, Political and Social Science, History and Philosophy. In January 2014, he spoke at the post-screening discussion of the Iranian film Mashti Esmaeil at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art.  


2016 Spring

Islam and Modernity: Re-thinking Tradition, Cosmopolitanism and Democracy

2015 Fall

Sociology of Religion: Islam and the Modern World

2014 Summer

Culture and Society: A Seminar on Critical Social Theory

2014 Fall

Sociology of Religion: Islam and the Modern World

2013 Summer

Imagining the Middle East