Bashir Tofangsazi is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Whitman College. Born and raised in Iran, Bashir Tofangsazi earned his graduate degrees from Texas Woman's University (M.A.), and The Ohio State University (Ph.D.). In his free time, Bashir enjoys jogging around Bennington lake, watching classic sitcoms, and reading historical novels.
Professor Tofangsazi's research focuses on the emergence and outcomes of social movements in autocratic regimes of the MENA region. His work focuses on factors such as elections, protest activity among the diaspora, and their relationships with contentious politics under dictatorships. Additionally, Bashir's scholarship addresses the relationship between climate change and conflict in the contemporary MENA region.
Professor Tofangsazi teaches courses on contentious politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, climate-conflict nexus, introductory sociology, and senior thesis advising.