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Elham Seyedsayamdost

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science

School of Arts & Sciences


Ph.D., in Political Science, Columbia University, USA
Master of International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA
B.A., in International and Comparative Politics, The American University of Paris, France

Elham Seyedsayamdost (Ph.D., Columbia) works on international relations and political economy of development. Her current research examines how extant governance institutions structure the international community’s response to global challenges, with a focus on rising inequalities and climate change. Her academic research draws on her international development experience working for a variety of UN agencies and the World Bank in New York, Washington DC, MENA and Southeast Asia. Her work has appeared in Global Governance, Global Environmental Politics, Development Policy Review, and Journal of International Development, among others. She regularly contributes her expertise on sustainable development to international organizations, as displayed in a variety of international reports and conferences. Dr. Seyedsayamdost is currently Acting Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences while also offering courses on politics and international relations in the Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies. To find out more about her work and publications, visit