Saeid Golkar

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Iran Policy

Areas of expertise: Middle East


Saeid Golkar is a visiting assistant professor in the department of political science and public service at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Previously, he was an adjunct professor for the Middle East and North African Studies Program and a visiting scholar at Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. From 2004 to 2009, he was a lecturer in the department of social sciences at Azad University, in Iran, where he taught undergraduate courses on the political sociology of Iran and sociology of war and military forces. Golkar received a PhD from the department of political science at Tehran University in June 2008. His recent publications can be found in journals such as Middle East Journal; Armed Forces & Society; Politics, Religion & Ideology; and Middle East Policy. His book, Captive Society, on the Basij (Iran's paramilitary force) and the securitization of Iranian society, was published by Columbia University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press in June 2015.


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