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Nader Hashemi, Associate Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Professor Nader HashemiDirector of the Center for Middle East Studies


Phone: 303-871-2447

3035 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208


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  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
  • BA (Honors), University of Western Ontario

Research and Expertise

Middle East and Islamic affairs, religion and democracy, secularism, comparative politics and political theory, politics of the Middle East, democracy and human rights, Islam-West relations, religion and international affairs.

Professional Profile

  • Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2013-present) Director, Center for Middle East Studies (2012-present); Assistant Professor (2008-2012)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California-Los Angeles and Global Fellow, UCLA International Institute (2007-2008)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University (2005-2007)
  • Research Affiliate, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (2005-2006)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto (2004-2005);  Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo (2003-2004)

Recent Publications

Hashemi, N. & Postel, D. (eds.). (2013). The Syria Dilemma. Boston: The MIT Press.

Hashemi, N. (2013). Iran's 2013 Presidential Poll: Hassan Rouhani and Electoral Authoritarianism inside the Islamic Republic. Cairo Review of Global Affairs (Summer).

Hashemi, N. (2013). The Arab Spring Two Years On: Reflections on Dignity, Democracy and Devotion. Ethics and International Affairs 27 (Summer).

Hashemi, N. (2013). Why Islam (properly understood) is the Solution: Reflections on the Role of Religion in Tunisia's Democratic Transition. American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 30.

Hashemi, N. (2012).  The Arab Spring, US foreign policy and the question of democracy in the Middle East. Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 41 (Fall).

Hashemi, N. (2012). Islam and democracy after 9/11.  In Isakhan, B. & Stockwell, S. (Eds.). The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press.

Hashemi, N. (2012). The Mosque and State after the Arab Spring. Institute for Social Policy and Understanding & the British Council.

Hashemi, N. & Postel, D. (eds.). (2011). The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House Publishing.

Hashemi, N. (2009). Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies. New York: Oxford University Press.


  • INTS 3020: Introduction to Middle East and Islamic Politics
  • INTS 4523: Islam & Democracy in the Middle East
  • INTS 4525: Religion & State in Comparative Perspective
  • INTS 4526: Modern Islamic Political Thought
  • INTS 4534: Great Books on the Middle East
  • INTS 4638: Modern Iranian History and Politics
  • INTS 4639: Authoritarianism and the Struggle for Democracy in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Future Courses:

  • Comparative Political Theory
  • Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice