Arash Davari

Assistant Professor of Politics

Maxey Hall 221
(509) 524-2084

Arash Davari is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Whitman College. His research and teaching interests include modern, contemporary, and comparative political theory; the history of political thought; history and theory; aesthetics and politics; race and racialization; Iranian studies; immigration; and Middle Eastern politics and culture. He is currently preparing a book manuscript, titled Indeterminate Governmentality: Neoliberal Politics in Revolutionary Iran. The project explores an unlikely parallel between the emergence of revolutionary resistance in Iran and neoliberal political rationality in the Middle East between 1968 and 1979.    


Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles (2016)
M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles (2012)
M.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley (2008)
B.A., Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles (2003)    

Selected Publications  

"On Democratic Leadership and Social Change: Locating Du Bois in the Shadow of a Gray To-come" in A Political Companion to Du Bois, ed. Nick Bromell (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, Forthcoming)

"1979 All Over Again: Resisting Left Liberalism Among Iranian Émigrés," in With Stones In Our Hands: Reflections on Racism, Muslims and U.S. Empire, eds. Sohail Daulatzai and Junaid Rana (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Forthcoming)  

Review of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment in The British Journal of Middle East Studies 44, no. 3 (2017): 464-465

"Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt (1868-1963)" in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael T. Gibbons (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), 963-966  

"A Return to Which Self?: 'Ali Shari'ati and Frantz Fanon on the Political Ethics of Insurrectionary Violence," in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 34, no. 1 (2014), 86-105


Politics 122: Introduction to Modern European Political Theory

Politics 207: Islam and Politics

Politics 301: The Art of Revolution

Politics 312: Humanism between Europe and its Others