Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Alireza Shomali

Alireza Shomali

Associate Professor of Political Science
Chair, Political Science Department

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 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.


"Razi on Reason and Political Authority: A Study in Medieval Persian Political Thought." Iranian Studies, (2014): 1-27. DOI: 10.1080/00210862.2014.940747.
"The Unfolding of Unreason: J. Tabatabai's Idea of Political Decline in Iran." Co-authored with M. Boroujerdi. Iranian Studies (2014): 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/00210862.2014.926661.
"Adorno's Dialectical Realism." Co-authored with Linda M. Alcoff. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 14, 2 (2010): 45-64.

Book Chapters

“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 Sadi'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 University Press. 2013, 45-81.

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): 109-111.