Mohammad Ali Kadivar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies. His work contributes to political and comparative-historical sociology by exploring the interaction between protest movements and democratization. Kadivar has examined both the internal organization, tactics, and perceptions of pro-democracy movements as well as their success or failure in gaining and sustaining democratic improvements.
This work grows out of his experience as a participant-observer of the pro-democracy movement in Iran, but his research agenda moves outward from this case to explore these issues on a global scale, using case studies, comparative-historical methods, and statistical analyses.
He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a MA and BA in political science from University of Tehran in Iran. From 2016 to 2018, Kadivar was a postdoctoral fellow at Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
Kadivar’s research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Socius, and Mobilization, and has won awards from the Collective Behavior and Social Movement (CBSM), Comparative Historical Sociology, Global and Transnational Sociology, Sociology of Development, and Peace, War and Social Conflict sections of the American Sociological Association (ASA). He has also published analyses of Iranian politics for public audience in English and Farsi in outlets such as Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog and BBC Persian.
Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Adaner Usmani, & Benjamin F. Bradlow, 2019. “The Long March: Deep Democracy in Cross-NationalPerspective.” Social Forces [PDF].
Mohammad Ali Kadivar & Neil Ketchley. 2018. “Sticks, Stones and Molotov Cocktails: Unarmed Collective Violence and Democratization,” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 4: 1-16 [PDF][Supplemental Material].
Mohammad Ali Kadivar. 2018. “Mass Mobilization & the Durability of New Democracies.” American Sociological Review, 83(2): 390-417 [PDF][Supplemental Material].
Mohammad Ali Kadivar. 2017. “Preelection Mobilization and Electoral Outcome in Authoritarian Regimes.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 22 (30): 293-310 [PDF].
Mohammad Ali Kadivar & Neal Caren. 2016. “Disruptive Democratization: Contentious Events and Liberalizing Outcomes Globally, 1990-2004.” Social Forces 94(3): 975-996 [PDF].
Mohammad Ali Kadivar. 2013. “Perception Profiles, and Alliances in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997-2005.” American Sociological Review, 78(6): 1063–1086 [PDF].
Farsi Translation: Mohammad Ali Kadivar. 2015. “E’telaf-ha va Tasavvorat dar Jonbesh-e Eslahat-e Iran 1376-1384” Goftegu Quarterly, 67.