Shahrzad Sabet

Hoda MahmoudiFellow

Bahá’í  Chair for World Peace

1114 Chincoteague Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-314-7714



Shahrzad Sabet is a Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Baha’i Chair for World Peace Program. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a Senior Research Fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. She recently received her PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University, where she was an associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

Dr. Sabet’s research and training span political science, political philosophy, economics and psychology. Her current book project addresses the conceptual and philosophical tensions around social identity. She makes the case for a reconceptualized cosmopolitanism that serves to fundamentally protect and liberate our “bounded” social identities from their otherwise inherent instabilities and contradictions.

Her recent doctoral research, in international political economy, employs the tools of both economics and psychology to understand how people think about and respond to economic globalization. Specifically, this work investigates how identity-related factors (e.g., nationalism, prejudice) interact with economic considerations to shape public opinion and behavior in relation to globalization.

Dr. Sabet has contributed commentary to publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, and has taught courses on the political economy of globalization at Harvard University and for the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the International Studies Association’s Carl Beck Best Paper Award and Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center award for distinction in teaching. Outside of academia, she consults for and collaborates with several domestic and international NGOs.

Dr. Sabet holds an MPhil in Political Theory from Oxford University (Balliol College), where she was a Commonwealth Scholar, and a BA in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. She resides in Manhattan.

Recent Writing

Globalization and the Middle East: Reflections on a Conceptual Reorientation (Forthcoming in Gamal Hassan and Behrooz Sabet, Eds., Winds of Change in the Middle East and North Africa: Crisis, Catharsis, and Renewal)

The Science Behind Donald Trump's "Us versus Them" Rhetoric (Los Angeles Times)

Key Ingredients of Opposition to Free Trade? Prejudice and Nationalism (Washington Post)

Feelings First: Non-Material Factors as Moderators of Economic Self-Interest Effects on Trade Preferences

Does Cultural Distance from Trading Partners Affect Public Support for Free Trade? Evidence from a Survey Experiment


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