Collegiate Affiliation

Arash Davari is assistant professor of political theory in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an affiliated faculty in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. His research interests lie at the intersection of political theory, comparative politics, and race, ethnicity, and politics, with cognate training and interests in history, rhetoric, and comparative literature.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2022, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at Whitman College. He has also held residential fellowships at Brandeis University (2019) and Princeton University (2020).

He is currently completing a book manuscript on the concept of revolution, as seen through a history of the present in contemporary Iran. He is also co-editing a volume of Ali Shariati's writings and speeches in translation.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016
  • M.A.: Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
  • M.A.: Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • B.A.: Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003


  • Modern and Contemporary Political Theory
  • Anti-Colonial, Anti-Imperial, and Postcolonial Political Theory
  • History and Theory
  • Politics and Culture of the Modern Middle East (emphasis on Iran)
  • Revolution
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics