Asef Bayat

Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Asef Bayat,  the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, teaches Sociology and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He was the Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and ISIM Chair of Islam and the Modern World at Leiden University from 2003 until 2009. He writes on Egypt and Iran, and has published widely on issues of political sociology, social movements, urban space and politics, religious politics, contemporary Islam, and the Muslim Middle East. His latest book is: Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (2013, 2nd edition).