MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

I am a historical sociologist studying development, social policy, and political economy of the global South.

My first book, A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran, is published by University of California Press.  (Read the introduction & first chapter.)

My current research projects focus on:

  • Welfare politics in middle and low-income countries
  • Business-state relations in Iran
  • History of social policy in West Asia and North Africa
  • Occupational and class mobility in Iran before and after 1979

I am on the Editorial Committee of MERIP and a UCLA faculty advisor to the Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Program on Central Asia, the Asia Pacific Center, and the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History.

I am also an advisor to the Princeton University Iranian Periodicals Digitization Project at Firestone Library.