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Nader Hashemi, Associate Professor

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

Email: [email protected]

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

Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (London: Hurst Publishers, 2016; New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), edited with Danny Postel.

Nader Hashemi, "Charles Taylor's A Secular Age and the Secularization from Below in Iran," in Mirjam Künkler, John Madeley and Shylashri Shankar eds., A Secular Age Beyond the West (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Nader Hashemi, "The ISIS Crisis and the 'Broken Politics' of the Middle East: A Framework for Understanding Radical Islamism," in Anthony T. Chase ed., Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (New York: Routledge, 2017).

Nader Hashemi, "Toward a Political Theory of Sectarianism in the Middle East: The Salience of Authoritarianism over Theology," Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies 1 (September 2016).

Nader Hashemi, "How the Legacy of Authoritarianism in the Arab World Contributed to the Rise of ISIS," Turkish Review 6 (September 2016).


  • INTS 3020/4907: Introduction to Middle East and Islamic Politics
  • INTS 4540: Introduction to Political Theory
  • INTS 4525: Religion & State in Comparative Perspective
  • INTS 4526: Modern Islamic Political Thought
  • INTS 4534: Great Books on the Middle East
  • 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