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Yousof Azizi

Ph.D. candidate, Public Administration and Public Affairs (PAPA)

Yousof Azizi is a Ph.D. student (ABD) in Public Administration/Public Affairs at Virginia Tech’s School of Public & International Affairs. He is now working on his dissertation about U.S. foreign policy decision-making, presidential studies, and Iran's nuclear program. In summer 2021, Yousof was a lecturer for PAPA 6214: Public Policy Process, one of the core requirements for the MPA program at the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP). He was selected as a 2021 Fellow by Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net). Yousof previously worked as a research assistant at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. Yousof is a frequent commentator on US-Iran relations, the Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA), and Iran’s regional and domestic politics on both English and Persian speaking media, such as BBC Persian. In 2015, Yousof graduated with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is also a graduate of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, with both a BSc and MSc in chemical engineering. His primary area of interest was energy policy and security.

Research Interests

  • Foreign policy decision-making
  • Administrative politics
  • Energy and environmental policy
  • American political development


Work In Progress

  • Inspectors General: An Overview of Oversight, Accountability, and Separation of Powers in American Government, 1981-2020. (Co-authored with Matt Dull & Patrick Roberts).
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency's Reputation: Coverage of the IAEA in Iranian Media since The Islamic Revolution of 1979.
  • A Review of Model and How to Extend the Model. (Co-authored with Aditya Sai Phutane & Timothy Kinoshita).
  • Technocracy; the Third-World Discourse of Neoliberalism in the Cold War Era: Case Study of the Establishment of Sharif University of Technology in Iran. (Co-authored with Mohammad H. Badamchi)