Political Science

Political Science Department


New Location: Our offices have been relocated for the Spring 2023 semester.  You will find most PoliSci Classes and Faculty at the Gray Lot Modulars, third floor.

New Faculty: Please join us in welcoming our new Visiting Lecturer, Hadi Kahalzadeh, a PhD candidate at Brandeis University.  He will be teaching

POL2-204-01 Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment

Hadi's research interests are: political economy, development, the welfare state, poverty, and inequality

He is a Ph.D. candidate at Brandeis University, concentrating on Global Development and Sustainability, and a fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies.  He studies the impact of economic sanctions on the social welfare of Iranians, particularly poverty, inequality, and vulnerability. During his time at Brandeis University, he has assisted in teaching several courses, including development aid, microeconomics in global health, cost-effectiveness, economics for development practitioners, planning and implementation, STATA, programming, and data management. Prior to joining Brandeis, Hadi taught macroeconomics, cost-benefit analysis, and public budgeting courses at Azad University in Iran.

He holds an MA in social policy and an MA in sustainable international development from Brandeis, an MA in energy economics from the Islamic Azad University, and a BA in economics from Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Kahalzadeh worked as an economist with the Department of Economic and Social Planning in the Social Security Organization of Iran (SSO) for eight years. He also served as a board member for several political parties and civil society pro-democratic organizations in Iran. Hadi’s research interests are poverty measurement, impact evaluation, health, education and social security, and the political economy of policy reforms.