Kazem Alamdari

Sociologist, Ph. D


Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph. D. – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Sociology, 1983. Concentration: Social Change and Development, Political Sociology.   DISSERTATION: The Socioeconomic Effects of the Land Reform in Iran: 1961–1981
  • M.A. – Illinois State University, Normal, Department of Educational. Administration, Concentration: Education and Social Mobility, 1978
  • B.S. –  University of Tehran, Iran, Department of Psychology. Thesis: Rural-Urban Migration and Divorce: Social Change and Interpersonal Relationship, 1973.
  • Accounting – Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Tehran, Iran, Diploma in Accounting, 1969
  • Other – Teaching Credentials (elementary level, 1984), community College (1986), California State University, Northridge, 1984

TEACHING AREAS and Courses Taught

  • Principles of Sociology,
  • Sociological Theory,
  • Social Class and Inequality,
  • Social Change,
  • Sociology of Development,
  • Political Sociology,
  • Economic Sociology,
  • Social Stratification,
  • Middle Eastern Studies,
  • Sociology of Religion.


  • Globalization,
  • Social Change,
  • Civil Society,
  • Democratization in the Third World (specifically the Middle East),
  • Religious Studies.


  • California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Department of Sociology, Fall 2005–Present.
  • California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), and CSUN, Department of Sociology, 1988–2007.
  • Kyushu University, Japan, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Fukuoka, Japan, 1997.
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Lecturer, Council on Educational Development, 1995–6.
  • UCLA, Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, 1987–89.
  • Chaffey Community College, Lecturer, Department of Social Science, Alta Loma, California, 1987–88.
  • College of the Desert, Visiting Professor, Department of Social Science, Palm Spring, California, 1986-87;
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA, Teacher, 1984–1986.
  • University of Tehran, Iran, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, 1980–81.
  • University of Illinois, Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, 1978–80.
  • University of Illinois, Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, Data analyzing for a cross-cultural research project on urban community projects, 1978–1979;
  • University of Illinois, Research Assistant, Department of Educational Psychology, data analyzing on cultural differences in economic motivations, 1977–78;
  • Assistant Counselor, Center of Mental Hygiene, City Orphanage, Tehran, Iran. A two-year project on assessment and development of psychological and intellectual profiles of children, University of Tehran, Iran, 1971–73;
  • Teacher, Ministry of Education, Iran, Literacy Corp (military service), 1966–67;


  • Accountant for Ministry of Finance and Economics, Tehran, 1970–75;
  • CEO, Atrak Development, Paramount, CA, 1989–91, Culver City, CA 90230, 1988–89;
  • CEO: Kazco Dev, Inc., Santa Monica, CA, 1991–93;
  •  CEO and president, Kazco Dev., Torrance, CA, 1998; Inglewood, CA, 1995–2001;
  • Accountant and Office Administrator, Department of Accounting, Ministry of Finance and   Economic Affairs, Tehran, Iran, 1969–74.


  • Fellowship to conduct a research program in Japan, Kyushu University, July–September 1997, by Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS).
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