Ali Akbar Mahdi, Ph.D.

Dr. Mahdi is a specialist in the political economy of change, gender, and development in the Middle East. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Ohio Wesleyan University and has also taught at Michigan State University, Adrian College, and Central State University.  He has authored books including “Culture and Customs of Iran” (co-author), “Sociology in Iran”(co-author), "Sociology of the Iranian Family,” and “Iranian Culture, Civil Society, and Concern for Democracy.” 

Dr. Mahdi is the author of numerous articles and reviews on topics ranging from sociology of knowledge to the political economy of Iran and Islam. He has served as the executive director of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis (CIRA), Editor of Michigan Sociological Review, and President of Michigan Sociological Association.  He is a recipient of Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award at Ohio Wesleyan University (2008), Marvin E. Olsen Service Award from the North Central Sociological Association (1994), Teaching Excellence Award from Michigan Sociological Association (1990), the Sears Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at Adrian College (1990), and Excellence-in-Teaching Citation Award at Michigan State University (1983).