I am a comparative-historical sociologist and the Associate Director of Princeton University's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.  My research focuses on political economy, welfare systems, economic history, and social movements in Western Asia and Northern Africa.  My current book project concentrates on post-revolutionary Iranian state and society.

Recent Blog Posts

A Comparative Approach to Islamist Social Services

This past week I participated in a George Washington University workshop hosted by the Project on Middle East Political Science.  The topic was Islamist Social Services - are they politically distinctive?  I was the resident sociologist in the group, so I decided to take an organizational comparative approach to the subject.  The usual conceptual frames on the subject are NGOs and civil society vs. clientelism and state retreat.  But that is not the only way to look at it.