I am a comparative-historical sociologist.  I'm currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University's Near Eastern Studies Department.  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

Review of Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Transforming Iran from Theocracy into Military Dictatorship

Just out today is my Middle East Journal review of Ali Alfoneh's 2013 book on the IRGC, on American Enterprise Institute Press. (Yes, they have a press.)  On the downside, I'm not a fan of the book.  Not shocking news to anyone who has followed my own work on the IRGC.  On the upside, I finally got to use that Goran Therborn quote I'd been saving for ten years.

There is a larger article in here to be written about the kremlinology industry which US-Iran relations has produced.  For structural reasons, not personal ones, this small group of writers cannot help but reinvent the wheel of Soviet Studies.