ALI R. ABOOTALEBI, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Department of Political Science
Ali R. Abootalebi was born in 1958 in Tehran, Iran. He arrived in the United States in 1977 upon his graduation from high school. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Washington in 1981, and continued his graduate work in the same institution. He received his M.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, in 1984. He received his second Masters degree in political science in 1991 from the University of Arizona and completed his Ph.D. program in May 1993 in the same institution. He taught as an Instructor at the University of Arizona for six years. Abootalebi served as a visiting Assistant Professor at Union College, the Department of Political Science, in Schenectady, N.Y. between August 1993 and August 1997. He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Abootalebi teaches courses in International and Middle Eastern politics, including the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is currently researching the development of a new course on the impact of globalization on the Middle East. His research interest thus far has dealt with the state-society relations and prospects for political development and democratization in developing countries in general and the Middle East in particular. His current research deals with globalization and its impact on the state-society relations in developing countries. Among his most recent public appearances are his interview with PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer on October 11, 2001 and his interview with David Sands of Washington Times for the October 21 article, titled, “Islam is faith with many faces.”. He is the author of Islam and democracy: State-Society Relations in Developing Countries, 1980-1994 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000). Among his other publications are: “State-Society Relations and Prospects for Democracy in Iran,” Middle East Review of International Affairs, MERIA, vol. 5, no. 3 (September 2001): 20-37; “The Struggle for Democracy in the Islamic Republic of Iran,“Middle East Review of International Affairs,vol. 4, no. 3 (September 2000): 43-56; “Islam, Islamists, and Democracy,” Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 1999); “Middle East Economies: A survey of Current Problems and Issues,” Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 3, No. 3 (September 1999); “Ideological Currents in Islam,” Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, CIRA, Vol. 14, No. 2 (September 1998): 11-15; “Civil Society, Democracy, and the Middle East,” Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 3 (August 1998); “Elections Matter,” Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, CIRA, Vol. 14, No. 1 (March 1998): 30-33; “Democratization in Developing Countries: 1980-1989,” The Journal of Developing Areas 29 (July 1995): 507-530.