Research Interests
  • Political Development
  • Social Movements and Civil Conflict
  • At the moment, I am mainly working on my second book (R&R at Cambridge University Press) on the political origins of democracy and dictatorship in their modern forms, using the political and economic transformations at the turn of the Twentieth Century as evidentiary empirics. In addition to the book, I am involved in a number of projects on the contemporary and historical patterns of autocratic and democratic politics (often making parallels and contrasts between the two), you can find a list of these ongoing projects below.
  • Contact: navid.hassanpour@yale.edu
    Academic Appointments
    • Henry Hart Rice Family Foundation Visiting Fellow, Yale University, 2019-20
    • Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, April-June 2019
    • Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 2016-2019
    • Lecturer, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) Program, Columbia University, 2015-2016
    • Postdoctoral Fellow in Regional Political Economy, The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2014-2015
    Ph.D. in Political Science, Yale (2014) 
    Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford (2006)
    M.S., B.S. Sharif University of Technology (2002,2001)
    1. [Revise and Resubmit, Cambridge University Press] Political Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy 
    2. [2017, Cambridge University Press] Leading from the Periphery & Network Collective Action Link
    Under Review & in Progress
    1. Navid Hassanpour, Political Modernization Theory and Electoral Engagement with Bureaucratic Authoritarianism Link
      • historical evidence from the Iranian elections 1906-1975
    2. Navid Hassanpour, Nationalism or Welfare? Turnout Mobilization in Non-Competitive Elections  Link
      • data from a survey experiment in Moscow, 2018
    3. Navid Hassanpour, The Logic of Niche Parties’ Ideological Linkage and Targeted Redistribution to the Underclass Link
      • evidence from Turkish electoral and socioeconomic stats under AKP
    4. Navid Hassanpour, The Political Logic of Redistribution in Elite-Induced Democratizations Link
      • evidence from Russian privatization stats 1992-1996
    5. Navid Hassanpour, Welfare or Identity politics? On the logic of Radical Right Mobilization
      • data from surveys and survey experiment in Italy, 2019
    6. Navid Hassanpour, Elite Competition or Redistributive Policy? On the Logic of Anti-Corruption Campaigns in (Democracies and) Autocracies
      • evidence from China’s anti-corruption campaign under Xi Jinping
    7. Navid Hassanpour, Why Anti-Establishment Parties? Radical Party Entry and Mobilization of New Voters
      • historical evidence from the elections to the Russian Duma and Constituent Assembly 1905-1917
    Select Papers in Press
    • [Political Communication (2014)–31(1)] “Media Disruption & Revolutionary Unrest: Evidence from Mubarak’s Quasi-Experiment” Link
      • Winner of International Communications Association’s Keith R. Sanders and Lynda Lee Kaid Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award (2015)
      • The New York Times Feature
    • [PS: Political Science & Politics April 2013 – 46(2)] “Tracking the Semantics of Politics: A Case for Online Data Research in Political Science” Link
    Sample Working Papers and Book Chapters
    • Navid Hassanpour (2017), Voting Together: Economic Adversity and Voter Turnout in Supervised Elections Link
    • Navid Hassanpour (2014), A Quasi-Experimental Study of Contagion and Coordination in Urban Conflict: Evidence from The Syrian Civil War in Damascus Link
    • Navid Hassanpour (2013), Hushed Dissent: Permanent Incumbency Advantage and Varieties of Online Political Dialogue under Competitive Authoritarianism Link
    • Navid Hassanpour (2012), The Strategy of Perception in Third Party InterventionsLink
    • Navid Hassanpour (2011), Transparency and Repression: An Explanation for the Democratic Civil PeaceLink
    • Best Book Award (2015-17) from American Political Science Association’s Political Networks Section, 2017
    • International Communications Association, Political Communication Division’s Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award , 2015
    Recent Teaching
    • 2019-20, Yale
      • Comparative Politics of Eurasia (Graduate level lectures and seminars)
    • 2018-19, HSE
      • Comparative Politics of Eurasia (Graduate level lectures and seminars) Link to Syllabus
      • Theory & Methodology of Political Research (Graduate level lectures and seminars) Link to Syllabus
    • 2017-18, HSE
      • Comparative Politics of Eurasia (Graduate level lectures and seminars)
      • History of International Relations after World War II (Undergrad lecture course on the history of Cold War, joint HSE-LSE Bachelor’s program)
      • Theory & Methodology of Political Research (Graduate level lectures and seminars)
    • 2016-17, HSE
      • Theory & Methodology of Political Research (Graduate level lectures and seminars)
    • 2015-16, QMSS Columbia
      • Big Data Processing & Visualization (Graduate level lectures and seminars) Link to Syllabus
      • Master’s Thesis (Graduate seminar)
    Citation List
    Professional Service
    • Reviewer for American Journal of Political Science,  American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Politics, National Science FoundationPost-Communist EconomiesPost-Soviet Affairs, PS: Political Science & Politics, World Politics
    • Ankara & Istanbul, Beijing, Cairo, Florence & Milan, Moscow & St. Petersburg, Tehran

    Prof. Carles Boix

    Robert Garrett Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
    Director of Institute of Political Economy and Governance (IPEG), Barcelona, Spain
    +1 (609) 258-2139
    Princeton University
    433 Robertson Hall
    Princeton, NJ 08544

    Prof. Staffan I. Lindberg

    Director of V-Dem Institute, Professor of Political Science
    +46 31 786 1226
    University of Gothenburg
    No. 711, 40530, Göteborg, Sweden

    Prof. Steven Wilkinson

    Nilekani Professor of Political Science, Yale University
    Chair, Department of Political Science
    +1(203) 432-5240
    Yale University
    115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall, Room 235
    New Haven, CT 06511