Siavash Saffari is an associate professor of West Asian Studies at Seoul National University. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from the University of Alberta (2013), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University (2014-2016). His research and teaching interests include: Middle Eastern and Islamic politics; modern Islamic political and philosophical thought; comparative political theory; modern Iranian social and intellectual history; modernity/coloniality/decoloniality; and development/post-development. His work has been published in journals such as Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; Review of Radical Political Economics; Middle East Critique; Sociology of Islam; and Contemporary Islam. His book, Beyond Shariati: Modernity, Cosmopolitanism and Islam in Iranian Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2017), was the co-recipient of the 2018 Foundations of Political Theory First Book Award from the American Political Science Association.