Vali Nasr

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Vali Nasr
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8th Dean of Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Assumed office
1 July 2012 (2012-07-01)
Preceded byJessica Einhorn
Personal details
Born (1960-12-20) 20 December 1960 (age 58)
Tehran, Iran
Alma materTufts University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ProfessorshipsFletcher School (2007–12)
NPS (2003–07)
Notable work(s)The Shia Revival
AwardsEllis Island Medal of Honor

Vali Reza Nasr (Persian: ولی‌ رضا نصر‎, born 20 December 1960) is an Iranian-American academic and author specializing in the Middle East and the Islamic world. He served as Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. from 2012 to 2019. Nasr is also a Senior Fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institution[1] and is described by The Economist as "a leading world authority on Shia Islam".[2]


Son of Iranian philosopher Hossein Nasr, Vali Nasr was born in Tehran in 1960, went to school in England at age 16, and immigrated to the U.S. after the 1979 Revolution. He received his BA from Tufts University in International Relations summa cum laude. He earned his Master's degree in International Economics and Middle East Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1984, then went on to earn his PhD in Political Science from MIT in 1991.[3]


He taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, University of San Diego and the Naval Postgraduate School and was a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University, as well as Stanford University and University of California, San Diego prior to being appointed dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in March 2012.[4]

Nasr is a member of the State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board and served as senior advisor to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, between 2009 and 2011.[5] He is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[6]


Nasr is a political scientist by training and has focused on comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East. He is the author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It will Mean for Our World, The Shia Revival, The Islamic Leviathan, Democracy in Iran, The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: The Jama`at-i Islami of Pakistan, and Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism. Nasr's writing has addressed politics and Islamic activism in Afghanistan, Iran and throughout the Arab world. He has highlighted the role of states in Islamization and the importance of sectarian identity in Middle East politics, including the growing importance of Shia politics following the Iraq War. His book Forces of Fortune focused on the importance of a new middle class to future of the Muslim world.[7]

He appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on 1 August 2006,[8] 22 September 2009,[9] and 25 April 2013.[10] Due to the accuracy of his political predictions Nasr has been hailed as a "shrewd forecaster."[11]

Personal life[edit]

Nasr is the son of Hossein Nasr, a prominent Iranian academic and scholar of religion. He is married to a technology executive. They have three sons and one daughter.[12]

See also[edit]


  • Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat (Doubleday, 2013)
  • Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It will Mean for Our World (Free Press, 2009), also published under the titles The Rise of Islamic Capitalism: Why the New Middle Class is Key to Defeating Extremism and Meccanomics: The March of the New Muslim Middle Class in the U.K.
  • The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam will Shape the Future (W.W. Norton & Company, 2006)
  • Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty (coauthor, Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism (Oxford University Press, 1996)[6]
  • The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: The Jama`at-i Islami of Pakistan (University of California Press, 1994)[7]
  • Oxford Dictionary of Islam (editor, Oxford University Press, 2003)[8]
  • Expectation of the Millennium: Shi'ism in History (coeditor, State University of New York Press, 1989)[9]
  • "When Shiites Rise" from Foreign Affairs
  • "The Cost of Containing Iran" (coauthored with Ray Takeyh) from Foreign Affairs
  • "Who Wins in Iraq? Iran" from Foreign Policy
  • "The Rise of Muslim Democracy" from Journal of Democracy
  • "The Conservative Consolidation in Iran" from Survival
  • "The Regional Implications of Shi'a Revival in Iraq" from The Washington Quarterly
  • "Iran’s Peculiar Election: The Conservative Wave Rolls On" from Journal of Democracy
  • "The Democracy Debate in Iran" (coauthor) from Middle East Policy Journal
  • "Military Rule, Islamism, and Democracy in Pakistan" from The Middle East Journal
  • "Lessons from the Muslim World" from Dædalus


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  2. ^ "Shias, Catholics and Protestants". The Economist. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
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  5. ^ Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014, p. 155
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ August 1, 2006: Vali Nasr
  9. ^ September 22, 2009: Vali Nasr
  10. ^ April 25, 2013: Vali Nasr
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