Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi

Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi

Ph.D., Australian National University
M.A., University of Tehran
B.A., University of Isfahan

Dr. Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi is Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Population Research of the University of Tehran; & Associate, Demography and Sociology Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (ANU). Since 1998, Dr. Abbasi has been working on the fertility transition and family change in Iran. He has completed a comprehensive study of fertility changes in Iran over the last three decades, and is currently working on analyses of the Iran Fertility Transition Survey 2002 and the Iran Low Fertility Survey 2005. His book on Fertility Transition in Iran, co-authored with Peter McDonald and Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi, 2009, won the World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Most recently, Dr. Abbasi has been collaborating in the design of appropriate developmental idealism measures suitable both in Iran and around the world. He has been honored with the 2011 United Nations Population Award.

Articles & Chapters

Binstock, Georgina, Arland Thornton, M.J. Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Yu Xie, and K.M. Yount. 2013. "Influences on the knowledge and beliefs of ordinary people about developmental hierarchies." International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54(4): 325-344.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Arjan Gjonca, Attila Melegh, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2012. "Knowledge and Beliefs about National Development and Developmental Hierarchies: the Viewpoints of Ordinary People in Thirteen Countries." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1053-1068.

Abbasi-Shavazi, Mohammad Jalal, Abbas Askari-Nodoushan, and Arland Thornton. 2012. "Family Life and Developmental Idealism in Yazd, Iran." Demographic Research, 26: 207-238.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Kathryn M. Yount, Mohammad Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha J. Ghimire, and Yu Xie. 2012. "International Fertility Change: New Data and Insights from the Developmental Idealism Framework." Demography, 49(2): 677-698.

Recent Pub

Allendorf, "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius, Swindle, Young-Demarco, Moaddel. "Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights." Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Yount, Thornton, Young-Demarco, Patel. Lay Accounts of "Modern" and "Traditional" Family in Greater Cairo: A Test of Developmental Models of Family Life. Oxford University Press.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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Developmental Idealism
Population Studies Center
University of Michigan