Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Alireza Shomali

Alireza Shomali

Associate Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., M.A. Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University
M.S., Sharif University of Technology
B.S., Polytechnic University of Tehran

Main Interests

Comparative (Western-Islamic) Political Philosophy
Politics and Religion in the Middle East

Teaching Interests

POLS 207 Classical and Medieval Political Theory
POLS 227 Modern Political Theory
POLS 263 The Politics of the Middle East
POLS 307 Freedom and Justice
POLS 337 Power and the State
POLS 347 Islamic Political Thought

POLS 357 Violence and Revolution
First Year Seminar On Democracy



Politics and the Criteria of Truth. Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2010

Book Chapter and Article

“Metaphysics, Secularism and Cosmopolitan Democracy.” Co-authored with Ebrahim K. Soltani in Cosmopolitan Iranians, edited by Lucian Stone, Forthcoming 2013.

"On Sadi's Treatise on Advice to the Kings." Co-authored with Mehrzad Boroujerdi in Mirror for the Muslim Prince; Islam and Theory of Statecraft. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013.

"Adorno's Dialectical Realism." Co-authored with Linda Martin Alcoff. In Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 14, 2 (2010): 45-64

Book Reviews

Kamrava, Mehran, "Iran's Intellectual Revolution," in The Middle East Journal, vol.63, no.2 (Spring 2009): 327-328

Roxanne L. Euben, "Enemy in the Mirror: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of Modern Rationalism," in International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 37, no. 1 (February 2005): 109-110