Siavash Saffari

Visiting Fellow


An associate professor of West Asian Studies at Seoul National University, Siavash Saffari works on the intersection of Islam and political thought in modern and contemporary contexts. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 2013, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University between 2014 and 2016. He has also held fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Research Group at the University of Alberta, and the College of Humanities at Seoul National University. Saffari’s articles have appeared in numerous journals including: Philosophy and Global AffairsIranian StudiesComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastMiddle East CritiqueSociology of Islam; and Contemporary Islam. His book, Beyond Shariati: Modernity, Cosmopolitanism and Islam in Iranian Political Thought(Cambridge University Press, 2017), was the co-recipient of the 2018 Foundations of Political Theory First Book Award from the American Political Science Association. He is also the co-editor of Unsettling Colonial Modernity in Islamicate Contexts (Cambridge Scholars, 2017), and Spirit and Defiance: Ali Shariati in Translation (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press).