Shirin Deylami

Shirin Deylami

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
M.A. Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A. Politics and Women's Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

(360) 650-2913

AH 409

MW 11:00-12:15 and by appointment

Current Courses

Winter 2019

PLSC 261: Intro to Political Theory


Spring 2019

PLSC 432: Senior Seminar in Political Theory

Shirin Deylami is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. She earned her PhD from the University Of Minnesota and  joined the department  in 2008.  She is an affiliated faculty member with the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the Queer Studies Program, and the Islamic Studies Program at Western Washington University.

Professor Deylami’s research interests include Islamic political thought, feminist and queer theory, comparative political thought, and culture and politics. She is the co-editor of The Politics of HBO’s The Wire: Everything is Connected and has written a number of articles about the relationship between Islam and the West.  She is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Westoxification: Islamic Makings of the West.

Dr. Deylami teaches courses in contemporary political theory; politics, government and religion; film and politics, feminist theory as well as the introductory course in political theory.  Students report that she is passionate about her subject matter and challenges students to think differently about political life.

Selected Publications


  • "Saving the Enemy: Female Suicide Bombers and the Making of American Empire." Forthcoming in International Feminist Journal of Politics.
  • "In the Face of the Machine: Westoxification, Cultural Collision, and the Making of Perso-Islamic Ideology." Polity, April 2011.
  • "An Occidental Monster?: Western Perversion, Westoxified Foreign Subjects, and the Making of Islamic National Identity," Critical Sense, Fall 2005.

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Areas of Specialty

Research Interests

  • Comparative Political Theory
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Feminism and Sexuality
  • Islamic Political Thought

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