Fatos Tarifa

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Dr. Fatos Tarifa (born 1954) is a social scientist and a former diplomat from Albania.


Tarifa has a double doctorate, with a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Tirana. He has been, inter alia, a lecturer, a researcher and a distinguished visiting fellow since 1981, when he joined the School of Political Science and Law at the University of Tirana. In 1992 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Department of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Tarifa served as Albanian ambassador to the Netherlands (1998–2001) and to the United States (2001–2005). Currently he is Professor of Sociology and International Relations, and Director of the Institute for Studies on Democracy and Development at the University of New York Tirana. Tarifa has taught and conducted research at the University of Tirana, the European University of Tirana, the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, Webster University (Leiden, the Netherlands), Campbell University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Eastern Michigan University and he has delivered lectures at institutions of higher education throughout the world, such as Duke University, Stanford University, New York University, Harvard University, Brown University, University of California at Berkeley, Tufts University, University of Essex, University of Amsterdam etc.

Tarifa has authored, co-authored and edited 45 books and more than 90 journal articles. His books and articles have covered topics ranging from democratic transition and social issues in Eastern Europe to Human development, and current international affairs. In 1998 he became the founding Editor of "Sociological Analysis", an innovative, international scholarly journal published at Chapel Hill, NC, which he edited for 15 years. He serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of the "Journal of Social Sciences" and the "Journal of Applied Social Science".

Dr. Tarifa will probably be best remembered as the leader of a campaign to introduce the discipline of sociology into higher education in Albania. He is widely considered to be "the founder of sociological studies in Albania, and one of the country's most prominent social scientists". Tarifa has "already earned the title of father of Albanian sociology, a moniker he has generally resisted". He is a founding member of the Albanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011).

Main Publications[edit]


  • Peter, Lucas (2007), "Foreword", To Albania, with Love by Fatos Tarifa, Hamilton Books, ISBN 978-0-7618-3590-5 .
  • Jay Weinstein, Bavjola Shatro, Klementin Mile (2011), Sociologjia shqiptare dhe profili i studiuesit Fatos Tarifa, Ombra GVG, ISBN 978-99280-60-11-2 
  • Barbara, Heyns (2003), "Introduction", Social Problems of Transition by Fatos Tarifa, Smiet, ISBN 90-806178-5-7 .