Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr

vali_nasr2.jpgVali Nasr is Dean of School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Before joining SAIS in 2012, he was Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is a specialist on contemporary Islam and its relations to politics in the Muslim world. He is the author, among others, of The Shia Revival (Norton, 2007), The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (Oxford University Press, 2001); Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism (Oxford University Press, 1996); The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution (University of California Press, 1994); an editor of Oxford Dictionary of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2003); and co-editor of Expectation of the Millennium: Shi`ism in History (SUNY Press, 1989). His works on Political Islam and Comparative Politics of South Asia and the Middle East has been published in Comparative Politics, Daedalus, Middle East Journal, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, SAIS Review, Harvard International Review, as well as numerous edited volumes on the Middle East, South Asia, Political Islam and Comparative Politics. He has contributed to Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam, The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, and The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. His works have been translated into Arabic, Indonesian, Chinese, Persian, Turkish and Urdu. Dr. Nasr has been the recipient of fellowship grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

He has served as commentator and analyst expert in various media including, BBC TV, CBS 60 Minutes, CBS 60 and CBS Evening News, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Newsweek, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, PBS Frontline, Wall Street Journal.

He is currently working on a comparative study of debates in Islamism with regard to regime change in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Indoensia.

Vali Nasr earned his degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1991), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD, 1984), and Tufts University (BA, 1983).