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About Shahrough Akhavi

Shahrough Akhavi is currently Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. He received his B.A. from Brown University (1962), his M.A. from Harvard University (1964) and his Ph.D. from Columbia University (1969). Akhavi has conducted field research in Iran and Egypt in the sociology of Islam and social theory under grants from the Ford Foundation (1975), the National Endowment for the Humanities (1980-81), Fulbright Senior Scholar Program (1991), and Social Science Research Council (1998). He has served the profession in various capacities: President, Society for Iranian Studies, 2002-2003; Chairman, Nominating Committee, Society for Iranian Studies, 1997-98, Member Nominating Committee of the Middle East Studies Association [MESA] in 1989-1990 and 2000-2001; Member, Program Committee, Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, 2003-2004; Member Program Committee, Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, 2001-2002; Member, Albert Hourani Book Award Committee, MESA 1993-94.


Present Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina - Columbia

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, and Political Sociology

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