Ian M. Hartshorn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ian Hartshorn


On research leave Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.

Ian M. Hartshorn is an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he graduated from Bucknell University with majors in religion and Middle East studies as a first-generation student.

His research focuses on labor and working-class contentious politics under authoritarian and democratizing regimes, with a special interest in the strategic choices made by trade unions. Other projects analyze higher education, qualitative research methods and the role of rentier and state-led economic strategies in comparative perspectives. His research has been published in multiple venues including Political Research Quarterly, Global Governance, and Economic and Industrial Democracy as well as The Washington Post and Jadaliyya. He is the author of Labor Politics in North Africa from Cambridge University Press, a former co-chair of the American Political Science Association Labor Politics group and sits on the editorial board of Mediterranean Politics.

Dr. Hartshorn is co-PI of the Regimes and Political Parties Project (RPPP) with Dr. Allison Evans.

Research interests

  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Middle East studies
  • Comparative and international politics of labor
  • Religion and politics
  • Contentious politics
  • Political science pedagogy
  • International migration and refugee resettlement


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
  • B.A., Religion and Middle East Studies, Bucknell University, 2007