Nader Hashemi

Associate Professor; Director, Middle East Center

Director of the Center for Middle East Studies (on sabbatical)

What I do

I'm the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies. I'm also the co-director of the Religion and International Affairs certificate program (with Andrea Stanton) and the co-director of the Political Theory Initiative (with Micheline Ishay).


Political Theory, Middle East/Islamic Politics, Religion and Politics, Comparative Politics, Islam-West relations, US foreign policy

Professional Biography

I obtained my doctorate from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Previously, I was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Global Institute. My intellectual and research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and political theory, in particular debates on religion and democracy, secularism and its discontents, Middle East and Islamic politics, democratic and human rights struggles in non-Western societies and Islam-West relations. For more information see my website: www.naderhashemi.com


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Toronto, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • Middle East Studies Association


Comparative Political Theory, Democracy and Democratization, Authoritarianism, Secularism, Religion and Politics

Areas of Research

Human Rights
US foreign policy
Middle East
Muslim societies
Arab world