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Dr. Nader Sohrabi

Areas of interest

  • Ottoman history
  • Iranian history
  • comparative/historical sociology
  • sociology of culture
  • sociological and anthropological theory
  • social movements
  • political sociology



Leibniz Fellow, Leipzig University (Germany)


Visiting Professor, Center of Global History, Department of History, Free University Berlin (Germany)

2016 - 2017

Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, (Germany)

2015 - 2017

Faculty Affiliate, Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston (USA)

2014 - 2015

Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University (USA)

2013 - 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor, Carleton College, Northfield (USA)

2012 - 2013

Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago (USA)

2011 - 2012

Research Professor in Ottoman/Turkish Studies, Department of History, University of Utah (USA)

2010 - 2011

Associate Research Scholar, Middle East Institute, Columbia University, New York City (USA)

2000 - 2010

Assisstant Professor, MESAAS (former MEALAC), Columbia University, New York City (USA)

1997 - 2000
1996 - 2000

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa (USA)


Ph.D., Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago (USA)

Relevant Publications

Sohrabi, Nader. Revolution and Constitutionalism in the Ottoman Empire and Iran. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 

Sohrabi, Nader. "Historicizing Revolutions: Constitutional Revolutions in the Ottoman Empire, Iran and Russia, 1905-1908," in American Journal of Sociology 100/6 (1995): 1383-1447.

Sohrabi, Nader. "Revolution and State Culture: The Circle of Justice and Constitutionalism in 1906 Iran," in State/Culture: State-Formation after the Cultural Turn. Edited by G. Steinmetz, 253-288. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1999. 

Sohrabi, Nader. "Global Waves, Local Actors: What the Young Turks Knew About Other Revolutions and Why it Mattered," in Comparative Studies in Society and History 44/1 (2002): 45-79. 

Sohrabi, Nader. "Revolutions as Pathway to Modernity," in Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology. Edited by J. Adams, E. S. Clemens, A. S. Dorloff, 300-329. Durham: Duke University Press. 2005.

Sohrabi, Nader. "Illiberal Constitutionalism: The CUP as a Clandestine Network and the Purges," in L'ivresse de la liberté. Edited by F. Georgon. Louvain: Peeters. 2012. 

Sohrabi, Nader. "State Building in the Ottoman Empire and Iran," in Oxford Contemporary Middle East and North Africa Handbook. Edited by J. Hanssen, and A. Ghazal. New York: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming) 

Sohrabi, Nader. "Reluctant Nationalists, Imperial Nation State and Neo-Ottomanism: Antinomies of the End of Empire" in Social Science History Journal. (Forthcoming)