Mehran Tamadonfar
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Mehran Tamadonfar, Ph.D.


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Mehran Tamadonfar is a professor of Political Science. He received a bachelor’s degree from College of Law and Political Science at Tehran University, a master’s degree in International Affairs from Center for Advanced International Studies, and a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  At UNLV, he has served in a number of capacities including chair of the Faculty Senate and Department of Political Science. During his career at UNLV, he has taught over twelve courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public law.

Dr. Tamadonfar is the author of The Islamic Polity and Political Leadership: Fundamentalism, Sectarianism, Pragmatism; and Islamic Law and Governance in Contemporary Iran: Transcending Islam for Social, Economic, and Political Order. He is the co-editor of Religion and Regimes: Support, Separation, and Opposition. His articles and book chapters cover a wide array of topics on the Middle East and North Africa including gender and politics, Islamic law and politics, and religion in popular culture. His works are extensively cited in publications in over a dozen languages.

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Expert Areas: Comparative Politics and Law (Politics of developing systems, Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Legal Systems), International Relations (methods, theories, Middle East and North Africa), and Research Methodology