TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES
Graduate School of Global Studies
3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
・Office Hours: 12:00-12:30, Wednesday and Thursday (Room 524)
・Departmental Affiliation: Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS)
・Research Center Affiliation: Interdisciplinary Research Unit for Global Democratic Change (GDC)
・Conflict, Contentious Politics, and Political Change
・Comparative Political Regimes and Democratization
・Politics and Culture
・Qualitative Social Science Theories and Methodologies
*Please send all admissions-related queries to the university’s admission office [email@example.com]. I will not respond to email queries.
*Please also note that I will not be able to supervise students who enter our doctoral programs directly.
Research Interest & Specialization
・Contentious Politics and Democratization in Iran and the greater Middle East
・Islam and Politics in Iran and the greater Middle East
・Dynamics of Sectarian Conflict in the greater Middle East
・Postrevivalist Reformist Islamic Trends and Thinkers
・Historical Trajectories of Desecularization and Resecularization in Iran and the greater Middle East
・Ph.D. (political science), New York University, 2006. [dissertation]
・M.A. (international studies), University of South Carolina, 1994.
・B.A. (Islamic studies), University of Tokyo, 1987.
Courses [offered in English]
・Thesis Seminar: Thesis Structure and Research (Fall)
・Politics and Culture – at ICU (Winter) – Syllabus
・Comparative Politics: PCS PhD Seminar (Fall) – Syllabus
・Reforming Islamist Iran: Religion, Intellectuals, and Politics in the Rafsanjani-Khatami Years. Book Manuscript.
Upcoming/Recent Conference Presentations
・ “Dissecting Multilayered Insurgencies: A Relational, Genealogical and Decolonial Perspective,” Decolonizing Kurdish Studies Initiative Workshops, Brown University Center for Middle East Studies & Yale MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies, Online, April 8, 2022
・ (with Umut Azak), “The State Regulations of Minority Religions in Comparative Perspective,” 35ème SISR CONFÉRENCE BIENNALE: The Politics of Religion and Spirituality, BARCELONA, July 11-12, 2019.
・ “A Processual Sociological Perspective on Sectarian Insurgency in Iran's Two Border Areas,” the “Rethinking Nationalism, Sectarianism and Ethno-Religious Mobilization in the Middle East” Conference, St. Antony’s College and Pembroke College, University of Oxford, January 28, 2018 .
・ “Reconciling Islamic Constitutionalism with Pragmatic Governance: What Does the Iranian Experience Offer?” Conference on Religion and the State, hosted by The Arab Association of Constitutional Law, Tunis, Tunisia, March 24, 2017.
・ “Resisting Resecularization in Post-Khomeini Iran,” International Workshop “Imagining an Alternative ‘Post-Secular’ State: Historicizing and Comparing National Struggles over Resecularization,” Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, February 17, 2017. <program>
・ “Religion, Violence, and the Politics of Sanctified Punishment: A Case of Iran’s Islamic State,” 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Regular Session: Redefining the Public Sphere in the Middle East), Seattle, August 21, 2016.
・ “Khomeinism: the Non-Obvious Constraints on Political Reform in Iran,” Cultures of Freedom and Contending Visions of Justice and Governance in the Muslim World Symposium, University of Sydney, Australia, April 2015 (site).
・ “Theorizing Cross-National Conflict Non-Diffusion: Why Sectarian Violence Doesn't Spread Beyond National Borders in the Greater Middle East,” Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies, Ankara, Turkey, August 2014.
・“Review Essay: (Theological and Institutional Soul-searching Aside) Will Re-problematizing Iran’s Islamic State à la ‘Religious Secularity’ Require Another Islamic State?” Journal of Religious and Political Practice 3, 1-2 (2017): 84-87. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/20566093.2017.1292173
・“Islamic Dissent in Iran’s full-fledged Islamic Revolutionary State,” in Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic politics in the Middle East and Asia, ed. Khoo Boo Teik, Vedi R. Hadiz, and Yoshihiro Nakanishi (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014), 66-88. [publisher site] [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1057/9781137408808_4
・“Iran’s Strategic Culture and the Hegemony Question,” International Relations, 167 (2012), 42-56.
[Online] DOI: 10.11375/kokusaiseiji.167_42
・“Human Rights and New Jurisprudence in Mohsen Kadivar’s Advocacy of ‘New-Thinker’ Islam,” Die Welt des Islams, 51, 3-4 (2011), 358-381. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1163/157006011X603541
・“The Secularization of a Faqih-headed Revolutionary Islamic State of Iran: Its Mechanisms, Processes, and Prospects,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 29, 3 (2009), 468-482. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1215/1089201X-2009-032
・“Popular Sovereignty and Republicanism in Iran’s Postrevolutionary Electoral Democracy,” in Development of Parliamentarism in the Modern Islamic World, ed. Sato Tsugitaka (Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko, 2009), 134-153. [full text]
・“Revisiting Ayatollah Khomeini’s Doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih (Velayat-e Faqih),” Orient, 44 (2009), 77-90. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.5356/orient.44.77
・“Mohsen Kadivar, an Advocate of Postrevivalist Islam in Iran,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 34, 3 (2007), 319-329. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/13530190701388333
・“The Middle East in International Relations,” International Relations, 141 (2005), 1-9.
[Online] DOI: 10.11375/kokusaiseiji1957.141_1
・“Examining the Views of ‘Allamah Majlisi on Legitimate Political Authority (salatanat-i mashru‘ah) and the Guardianship of the Jurist (wilayat-i faqih),” Orient, 35 (2000), 12-22. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.5356/orient1960.35.12
Reprinted in Faslnameh-ye Andisheh-ye Dini (Journal of Religious Thought), Vol. 2, Issue 5, Winter 2001, Pages 163-176.
・“L’État rentier est-il réfractaire à la décmoractie?,” Critique international, 8 (2000), 45-68. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.3406/criti.2000.1439
Short Analytical Essays (a.k.a., blog posts)
・“Is Iran Seeking Regional Hegemony?” Atlantic Council’s IranInsight (April 12, 2016)
・“From Tokyo to Tehran,” an interview in Persian with the staff of The Majles Library of Iran (May 7, 2016).
・American Political Science Association (APSA) – section memberships: comparative politics, comparative democratization
・American Sociological Association (ASA) – section memberships: political sociology, comparative historical sociology, sociology of culture, middle east sociology working group (MESWG)
・International Political Science Association (IPSA)
・Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)
・Association for Iranian Studies (AIS)
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