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 ranking 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 Masters degree from Sharif. Graduated in June 2006 with a doctorate degree in engineering from Stanford after having written a 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 eventually published as a book by Cambridge University Press and awarded Best Book Award (2015-17) from American Political Science Association’s Political Network 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.

Curriculum Vitae


Department of Political Science,
Higher School of Economics
20 Myasnitskaya St, Moscow, Russia, 101000
Research Interests
  • Politics in Hybrid Regimes
    – Modernization and Mobilization in Eurasia
    – Network Collective Action

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 2016-
  • 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
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
    • Ph.D. in Political Science, 2009-2014
    • M.A. in Political Science, 2012
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    • M.A. in Philosophy, 2008-2009
    • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 2002-2006
    • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, 2004
  • Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
    • M.S. in Communication Systems, 2001-2002
    • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1998-2001
  • [Under Review] Political Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
  • [2016, Cambridge University Press] Leading from the Periphery & Network Collective Action Cambridge Core

    Winner of Best Book Award (2015-17) from American Political Science Association’s Political Networks Section

Papers Under Review
  1. Voting Together: Economic Adversity and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections Link
  2. Participation Dilemma: The Logic of Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections Link
  3. Strategic Distribution in Multiparty Systems Evidence from AKP’s Kurdish Policy Link
  4. Why Parties (under Authoritarianism)? Radical Party Entry and Mobilization of New Voters
Papers in Preparation/Working Papers
  1. Navid Hassanpour and Daria Vakhrusheva, Economic Concerns or International Prestige? Determinants of Participation in the 2018 Russian Presidential Elections Link
  2. Navid Hassanpour, Alexander Demin and Kirill Kazantsev, Redistribution and Democracy: Evidence from Privatization in the 1990s Russia
  3. Navid Hassanpour and Ekaterina Kologrivaya, Elite Competition or Redistributive Policy? The Logic of Chinese Anti-Corruption Campaign
  4. Navid Hassanpour, Ilya Filipov and Alexander Demin, Methods of Political Ideology Estimation Using Communicative Interactions Online
  5. Navid Hassanpour and Dominic Gohla, Logic of Radical Party Emergence: Evidence from Germany, Past and Present
  6. Navid Hassanpour and Ena Redzic, Public Goods Provision and Ethnic Diversity: Far Right Parties, Immigration and Welfare in Germany
Current Teaching
  • Comparative Politics and International Relations
    • Comparative Politics of Eurasia (HSE 2017-18)
    • History of International Relations and the Cold War (HSE-UoL 2017-18)
  • Quantitative Methods
    • “Theory & Methodology of Political Research” (HSE 2016-17, 2017-18)
    • “Big Data Processing and Visualization” (Columbia QMSS 2015-16)
Citation List
Professional Service
  • Organizer, Discussant and/or Chair at APSA 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, MPSA 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011
  • Reviewer for American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Post-Soviet Affairs, National Science Foundation
  • Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, Istanbul, Moscow, Tehran
  • Available upon request