Bio & CV


Born (1980) and raised in Iran: Isfahan, Tehran, finally Babol (a small town in Northern Iran) where I finished high school, and consequently entered college at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran in 1998, after being ranked 8th/400,000 nation-wide in the entrance exam among Math/Physics majors. I entered Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Program in 2002 with a Master’s degree from Sharif. Graduated in June 2006 with a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford after having written a doctoral dissertation on Network Information Theory. Returned to Stanford, after two years of employment at Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego, for a graduate degree in Political Philosophy in 2008-09, started a Ph.D. at Yale Political Science Department in 2009, graduating from Yale University in 2014 with a second Ph.D. in Political Science, with a dissertation on civil conflict and collective action that was published as a book by Cambridge University Press and was recognized by a Best Book Award (2015-17) from American Political Science Association’s Political Networks Section. Since 2014, I have worked at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, as a Niehaus Fellow in Regional Political Economy (2014-15), at Columbia University in the City of New York, as a Lecturer at Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) Program (2015-16), and in Moscow, Russia, as an Associate Professor in Political Science at Higher School of Economics (HSE), where I currently teach Comparative Politics, Quantitative Research Methods, and International Relations. I have spent time visiting State Archives in Iran, Russia, Turkey, and China, have conducted fieldwork in Russia since 2015. At HSE, I lead a research team working on data-oriented studies of political participation and institutional transformation in Russia, Germany, Iran, Turkey, China and Japan. I will be visiting European University Institute in Florence, Italy in Spring 2019, and The MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University in 2019-20 while working on my second book (Revise & Resubmit at Cambridge University Press) on the political origins of dictatorship and democracy.

Curriculum Vitae
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