Assistant Research Professor
Bahá’í Chair for World Peace
1114 Chincoteague Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Shahrzad Sabet is a Visiting Assistant Research Professor 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 specialized in international political economy and was an associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
Dr. Sabet’s research and training span political science, economics, political philosophy, and psychology. Her doctoral research employs the tools of both economics and psychology to understand how people think about and respond to economic globalization. Specifically, this work investigates how non-material factors such as values, identity, and symbolic attitudes (e.g., nationalism, prejudice) interact with economic considerations to shape public opinion and behavior.
Sabet’s current research continues to focus on social identity in the context of globalization, but engages with the conceptual and philosophical questions around these notions. Current projects explore the tension between bounded social identities and universalist commitments in an interconnected context, arguing that a reconceptualized cosmopolitan identity can resolve this tension by protecting and promoting our more narrow identities and attachments.
Dr. Sabet has contributed commentary to publications such as 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 recently, 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 studied as a Commonwealth Scholar, and a BA in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. She currently resides in Manhattan.
The Science Behind Donald Trump's "Us versus Them" Rhetoric (Los Angeles Times)
Feelings First: Non-Material Factors as Moderators of Economic Self-Interest Effects on Trade Preferences (Revise and Resubmit at International Organization)
Key Ingredients of Opposition to Free Trade? Prejudice and Nationalism (Washington Post)
Does Cultural Distance from Trading Partners Affect Public Support for Free Trade? Evidence from a Survey Experiment
Globalization and the Middle East: Reflections on a Conceptual Reorientation (Forthcoming in Behrooz Sabet & Gamal Hassan, Eds., Winds of Change in the Middle East and North Africa: Crisis, Catharsis, and Renewal)