Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

Faculty Profile

Tofigh Maboudi

Title/s:  Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director for International Affairs

Specialty Area: Comparative Politics

Office #:  Coffey Hall 323

Phone: 773.508.3483

Email: tmaboudi@luc.edu


Professor Maboudi’s research and teaching interests include democratization, authoritarianism, comparative constitutional studies, environmental laws and policies, and Middle Eastern politics. His most recent research focuses on the impact of environmental laws on climate policies. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Government and Opposition, Journal of North African Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and Studies in Comparative International Development. He is also the author of two books. His co-authored book, Constituents before Assembly: Participation, Deliberation, and Representation in the Crafting of New Constitutions (Cambridge University Press, 2017) examines the impact of citizen participation in constitution-making on levels of democracy across 118 countries. His second book, The “Fall” of the Arab Spring: Democracy’s Challenges and Efforts to Reconstitute the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2022), looks at the Arab Spring constitutions and democracy’s pathways of success and failure in the Middle East and North Africa.


Ph.D., American University, 2016