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; 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 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 2015.