Hamid Rezai is completing his manuscript titled Authoritarian States, Contentious Societies: Politics, People, and Protest in Contemporary Iran, which examines the impact of demographic alteration, elite factionalism, and dissident discourse on emerging popular protests, their trajectories, and their likely outcomes.
Prof. Rezai’s second project, a comparative study titled “Explaining Contention in Context: Mobilization and Counter-Mobilization in Iran, Egypt, and Tunisia, 2009-2012” examines the rise and trajectories of recent revolutionary protests. The project investigates the following questions: Why did the uprisings emerge at this particular historical moment? What did activists from these three countries learn from each other and why does it matter? And finally, to what extent is the current scholarly debate on social movements capable of explaining these recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa and their different outcomes?