Saeid Golkar

Saeid Golkar

Senior Fellow at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change


Saeid Golkar is a Senior Fellow at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Prof. Golkar received his PhD in Political Science from Tehran University in 2008 before moving to the United States in 2010. He has taught and conducted research at Stanford University and Northwestern University.

His research focuses on international and comparative politics of authoritarian regimes with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. An authority on the Basij Militia and the IRGC, his first book Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Post-revolutionary Iran (Columbia University Press, 2015) was awarded the Washington Institute silver medal prize.

He has also published several peer-reviewed papers and policy papers on Middle East politics. Prof. Golkar has been published in several prestigious journals including the Middle East Journal; Armed Forces & Society; Politics, Religion & Ideology; Middle East Policy; Journal of Contemporary Islam; Middle East Quarterly; and the Journal of Emerging Technologies & Society. He frequently contributes to major media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Deutsche Welle and Al Jazeera.