Alireza Shomali

Associate Professor of Political Science; Chair, Political Science Department


Knapton 201

(508) 286-3685

(508) 286-3640


Main Interests

Comparative Political Philosophy


Ph.D., M.A. Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Research Interests

Teaching Interests

Pols 207; Classical Political Theory
Pols 227; Modern Political Theory
Pols 263; 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
Pols 367; Politics and Religion
First Year Seminar; On Democracy
Senior Seminar; Conservative Political Thought



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

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journal

  • “A Theoretical Component of Political Inegalitarianism in Perso-Islamicate Thought.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 2017: 1–30. doi: 10.1017/S1356186316000560
  • “Razi on Reason and Political Authority: A Study in Medieval Persian Political Thought.” Iranian Studies 2016, 49 (1): 29-56
  • “The Unfolding of Unreason: J. Tabatabai’s Idea of Political Decline in Iran.” With M. Boroujerdi. Iranian Studies 2015, 48 (6):949-966.
  • “Adorno’s Dialectical Realism.” Co-authored with Linda M. Alcoff. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 14, 2 (2010): 45-64.

Book Chapter

  • “Mirror for Princes.” Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Macmillan (2016).
  •  “Razi’s Egalitarian Ideas.”  Power and Identity, Studies on the Persianate World.Wydawnictwo Akademickie Dialog (2015), 135-164.
  • “Metaphysics, Secularism and Cosmopolitan Democracy.” Co-authored with E. K. Soltani in Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism; Spheres of Belonging, edited by Lucian Stone. London: Bloomsbury (2014), 35-48.
  • “On Sa`di’s Treatise on Advice to the Kings.” Co-authored with M. Boroujerdi in Mirror for the Muslim Prince; Islam and Theory of Statecraft. Syracuse: Syracuse Univ. Press (2013), 45-81.

Book Review

  • Yavari, Neguin. “Advice for the Sultan: Prophetic Voices and Secular Politics in Medieval Islam,” in Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World: SCTIW Review, (2015).
  • Soroush. Abdolkarim, “Expansion of Prophetic Experience: Essays on Historicity, Contingency and Plurality in Religion,” in Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World: SCTIW Review, (2014).
  • Kamrava. Mehran, “Iran’s Intellectual Revolution,” in The Middle East Journal 63, 2 (2009): 327-328.
  • Roxanne L. Euben, “Enemy in the Mirror: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of