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About Mohammad H Tamdgidi

Mohammad H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology in conjunction with a graduate certificate in Middle Eastern studies from SUNY-Binghamton. He received his B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley, following enrollment as an undergraduate student of Civil Engineering at the University of Tehran. Tamdgidi’s research and teaching have been framed by an interest in understanding how personal self-knowledges of multiple selves and singular world-historical social structures constitute one another. He has previously authored Gurdjieff and Hypnosis: A Hermeneutic Study (Palgrave/Macmillan 2009/12) and Advancing Utopistics: The Three Component Parts and Errors of Marxism (Paradigm Publishers 2007/09). Tamdgidi is the founding editor of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge (2002–), a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics) which has served since 2002 to frame his independent research, pedagogical, and professional initiatives. Tamdgidi is an associate professor of sociology teaching social theory at the University of Massachusetts Boston. For more information about his work and other publications, please visit


Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston


Research Interests

Sociological Theory, Sociological Imaginations, Sociology of Self-Knowledge and Human Architecture, World-Historical and Globalization Studies, and Comparative/Integrative Sociology of Utopia, Mysticism, Science (Utopystics)

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  • Soc. 110G: Insiders/Outsiders
  • Soc. 341: Elements of Sociological Theory
  • Soc. 605: Applied Sociological Theory
  • Soc. 604: Theories of Globalization
  • Soc. 280: Society and the Individual
  • Soc. 440: Sociology of Knowledge and Ignorance
  • Soc. 240: The Self in Society: Studies of Autobiographies

Contact Information

Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Office Phone: 617.287.3954


Books (2)

Articles (6)

Chapters (5)

Edited Collections (30)