Rasool Nafisi is an academic and Middle East expert living in Vienna, Virginia. His latest works include a country chapter in The Middle Eastern Cultures (Sharp Publications, 2012) and a co-authored book “The Rise of Passdaran,” a monograph on the social, Political, and economic roles of the Guardian of Revolution in Iran (Rand Corporation, 2009). He is a regular contributor to various news agencies including the Voice of America and the BBC. He has often consulted as a source for analysis and insight by major news organizations such as the New York Times, and the Associated Press. He is working on a major article on the sociological meaning of the modifications in the Iranian penal code

Nafisi has a degree in law from Tehran University and a PhD from the Florida State University. He has been teaching sociology and philosophy at Strayer University since 1988.