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Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, York University, Canada

Dr. Sirvan Karimi has written his doctoral dissertation on comparative social policy in Canada and Australia. His research interests focus on comparative social policy, social democracy and democratic administration.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of his academic background, he has published numerous articles on various areas related to Canadian politics, comparative politics and international politics with a specific focus on democratization in the Middle East.

His research has also focused on Canadian politics, public policy, public administration, and public law. In addition to publishing several scholarly articles, he is the sole author of two scholarly books; Beyond the Welfare State: Postwar Social Settlement and Public Pension Policy in Canada and Australia. Toronto: University of Toronto press, 2017 and The Tragedy of Social Democracy. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2015.

Dr. Karimi has been teaching courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels since 2007. In addition to teaching at York University, he has also taught courses at Brock and Ryerson Universities. He has been teaching courses along all three streams (Public Policy, Public Administration and Public Law) within the School of Public Policy and Administration curriculum. He has also supervised MRPs for several MA students in the Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) program. Dr. Karimi has been recognized for his teaching efforts with a variety of teaching nominations and awards, including being nominated for the President's University-Wide Teaching Award for 2013-2014 and receiving the Dean's Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Liberal Arts &Professional Studies for 2015-2016.


  • –present
    Assistant professor in School of Public Policy and Administration , York University , York University, Canada


  • 2012 
    York university , PhD in Political Science with specific focus on public policy