Visiting Associate Professor

About Mehdi Shadmehr

Mehdi Shadmehr is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary. Prior to visiting Harris, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2017-2018 and was a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton Politics Department in 2015. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Business School from 2011 to 2016. Mehdi earned his PhD in economics from the University of Illinois, and he holds a BSc in physics from Sharif University in Iran.

Mehdi’s research interests span topics in microeconomic theory, political economy, and history. His work typically revolves around information and coordination frictions in the interactions between the state, the economy, and citizens, with occasional papers on industrial organization, judicial politics, and organizational economics.  He has worked on a variety of topics related to the political risk of regime change, capital control, leadership (inspirational, informational, and tactical), censorship, revolutionary ideologies, spread of innovation in judiciaries, decline of center cities malls, and decisions-making in small entrepreneurial groups. Methodologically, Mehdi typically develops new theoretical frameworks, but also has empirical and qualitative-historical projects (e.g. investigating the ideological origins of revolutions).