Mr Robert R Asaadi

Robert Asaadi holds a PhD from the Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, and works in the subfields of International Relations and Comparative Politics. His current work focuses on a comparative historical analysis of modern Iranian politics, tracing Iran's relations with the dominant powers in global politics from the late 19th century to the contemporary period. This project examines how and why certain boundaries of exclusion are constructed in global politics, how these boundaries establish the normative criteria for 'good' and 'bad' state actors, and how the processes of exclusion both reproduce power and shape the consequent politics of incorporation into an existing international system. His general research interests pertain to themes of anarchy and hierarchy in international politics, and include further work on the concept and discourse of rogue statehood, Relational theory, theories of systemic continuity and change, and work toward a Critical Iranian Studies. He is interested in teaching courses in introductory International Relations and Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, Iranian politics, US foreign policy toward the Middle East, and International Relations Theory. He currently teaches in the Departments of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University in Portland, OR.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2016.
  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2012.
  • B.S.: Political Science, summa cum laude, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2008.

Curriculum Vitae


  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Iranian politics
Courses Taught
  • International Relations Theories
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Theories of Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Middle East Studies
  • Islamic Movements in the Contemporary Muslim World
  • Modern Iranian Politics
  • Introduction to African Politics
  • Department of Political Science Efimenco Fellowship, 2014 - 2015