Department of Government
Tofigh Maboudi is a PhD candidate in Political Science at American University's School of Public Affairs. His dissertation, “We the Constituents: Constitutions and Channeling of Democratic Participation in the Middle East and North Africa,” examines the impact of public participation in constitutional processes on stabilizing, legitimizing, and democratizing constitutions. More broadly, his research includes constitution-making processes, democratization, political participation, research methodology, and social movements in hybrid regimes, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa where he has conducted extensive field work. Maboudi’s research has appeared in American Political Science Review and he has co-authored a book manuscript on the modalities of constitution making (under contract at Cambridge University Press). He is the recipient of the School of Public Affair’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Scholarship in 2015. He is currently an adjunct instructor at American University and teaches a course on institution building after the Arab Spring. Prior to coming to American University, he worked as a foreign media consultant in Tehran while pursuing a degree in North American Studies at University of Tehran.
Ph.D. Political Science, American University (expected May 2016)
M.A. North American Studies, University of Tehran, Iran (2011)
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- Persian (native), Arabic (fluent)
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