After moving to Canada in 1988, I received all my university education here, earning a B.A. and an M.A. from Carleteon University (1993,1995) and a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa (2000). In 2002 I was awarded an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the New School University in New York. In 2003 I obtained employment at the University of Guelph, where I have been working since.
B.A. Carleton, 1993
M.A. Carleton, 1995
Ph.D. University of Ottawa, 2000
Social and political philosophy, Critical Theory, German Idealism, contemporary continental philosophy, minority rights, ethics and theories of democracy and justice. I will be happy to supervise any research project along these lines with incoming graduate students.
♦Democracy, Power, and Legitimacy: Critical Theory of Jürgen Habermas, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003
♦Multiculturalism and the Law: A Critical Debate, University of Wales Press, March 2007.
♦Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy, eds. Omid Payrow Shabani and Monique Deveaux, Oxford University Press, 2014
Papers in Refereed Journals:
- "On Resistance: As evinced in the Iranian Political Affairs," Digest of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.32, No. 2, (2023) pp.151-158: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dome.12289 .
- "The Ineliminability of the Idea of Progress," Value Inquiry, Vol. 53, No. 4, 217, 663-680.
- "To be a Courtier in the Islamic Republic of Iran," Political Theory, 43/4 (2015) pp. 427-450.
- "Taking Religious Voices in the Public Sphere Seriously?," The Procedddings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy in Athens.
- "The Green’s Non-violent Ethos: The Roots of Non-Violence in the Iranian Democratic Movement,” Constellations, 20/2 (2013) pp. 347-360.
- “The Emerging Non-violence Ethos in the Iranian Protest Movement,” Proceedings of the 25th World Congress of the International Association of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR), Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2012.
- The Role of Religion in Democratic Politics: Tolerance and the Boundary of Public Reason," Religious Education, 106/3, 2011, pp. 332-346.
- Reading Habermas in Iran: Political Tolerance and the Prospect of Non-violent Movement in Iran," Journal of Global Ethics, Volume 6 Issue 2, 2010, pp. 141-151.
- "Freedom of Religion, Democracy and the Fact of Pluralism," The Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy, Vol. 50, 2008, pp. 729-747.
- "Cosmopolitan Justice and Immigration: A Critical Theory Perspective" European Journal of Social Theory, vol.10, no. 1, 2007, pp. 88-98.
- "Constitutional Patriotism as a Model of Postnational Political Association: the Case of the EU", Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 32, No. 6, 2006, pp.699-718
- "Language Policy of a Civic Nation-State: Constitutional Patriotism and Minority Language Rights", in The Language Question in Europe and Diverse Societies: Political, Legal and Social Perspectives, eds. D. Castiglione and C. Longman, Hart Publications, 2007.
- "Language Policy and Diverse Societies: Constitutional Patriotism and Minority Language Rights," Constellation, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2004, 193-216
- Critical Theory and the Seducement of ‘the Art of the Possible'," The Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 36, No.1, March 2003, 85-106
- "Law and Legitimacy in Habermas' Discourse Ethics," in Legal Philosophy: General Aspects: Theoretical Examinations and Practical Application, edited by Patricia Smith & Paolo Comanducci, Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, New York, June 24-30, 1999 (Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2002) 33-48.
- "Who is Afraid of Constitutional Patriotism? The Binding Source of Citizenship in Constitutional States," Social Theory and Practice, 28 (3), 2002, pp. 419-43.
- "Rethinking the Iranian Revolution in View of the Concept of Political Culture," Journal of Iranian Research and Analysis, Vol. XXV, No. 2, 1999, pp. 163-174.
Critical Book Review: The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate, by John Kleinig, Simon Keller and Igor Primoratz, Social Thory and Practice, Vol.42, no. 3, July 2016
Critical Book Review: Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity, Kameran Scot Aghaie and Afshin Marashi (eds.), SCTIW Review, March 10, 2015. http://sctiw.org/sctiwreviewarchives/archives/456#sthash.wCHpmcpQ.dpbs
-"Setteing an Example in the Absence of Freedom," XXIV World Congress of Philosophy, Beiging, 13-20 August, 2018.
-"Setting an Example as Resistance, in the Absence of Any Prospect for Freedom," IICAH International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Dubai, 26-28 February, 2017.
-"The Ineliminability of the Idea of Progress," IAFOR International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, 5-7 January, 2017.
-"Tyranny and the Politics of the Second Best," The European Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, Brighton, UK, 6-8 July, 2015.
-"To be a Courtier In the Islamic Government of Iran," Pacific Northwest Political Science Association's Annual Meeting, Vancouver, 17-19 October, 2013.
-"Taking Religious Voices in the Public Sphere Seriously?," XXIII World Congress of Philosophy, Athena, 4-10 August, 2013.
-“The Green’s Non-violent Ethos: The Roots of Non-Violence in the Iranian Democratic Movement,” Critical Theory Roundtable, 9-13 May, 2102, Prague, Czech Republic.
-“The Emerging Non-Violence in the Iranian Protest Movement,” XXV World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Sciences, 15-20 August, 2011, Frankfurt, Germany.
-"The Emerging Non-violence in the Iranian Protest Movement ", the 9th International Conference on New Directions in Humanities, 8-11 June, 2011, Granada, Spain.
-"Between revolution and Reform: The Prospect of Non-violent Movement in Iran,” Biannual meeting of the International Society for Iranian Studies, Santa Monica, 27-30 June, 2010.
-“Secularism, Religion and Democracy:On the Boundary of Public Reason,” An International Conference on the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution in 1979 on the theme of “Retreat of the Secular?” at York University, Canada, May 1-3, 2009.
-“Freedom of Religion Democracy and the Fact of Pluralism”, XXII World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul, South Korea, July 30-August 5, 2008.
-“Post-Secular Thinking about the Role of Religion in Democratic Politics”, Canadian Philosophical association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, May 30-June 2, 2008.
-“Freedom of Religion Democracy and the Fact of Pluralism”, Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 2-5, 2008.
-“Religion, secularism and Democracy”, 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Paris, 17-21 July, 2007.
-“Religion, secularism and Democracy”, The 4th International Conference on Human Right, Mofid University, 16-17 May, 2007.