Mr. Soltani teaches Tavaana's Foundations of Democracy course in partnership with the Center for Civic Education. He is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Syracuse University, after obtaining an MA in this discipline from the same institution. He is also an M.D., having graduated from the Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran. He has taught Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and Politics of Iran at Syracuse University, and St. Lawrence University. His primary research interests are democratic theory and practice, democratization, secularism, and theories of justice. He was Editor-in-Chief of Kiyan, Persian journal of religion and politics, from 1998-2000. He is also an experienced translator of specialized literature from English into Persian, with several book titles and papers to his credit. Select publications include: “Metaphysics, Secularism and Cosmopolitan Democracy”, co-authored with Alireza Shomali in Cosmopolitan Iranians, edited by Lucian Stone, Forthcoming 2013; “Is Islamic Political Philosophy Possible?” Bonyan, 21, 2002; “Soroush on Religion and Politics”, Aftab, 1, 2001; “The New Generation of Muslim Intellectuals in Iran”, Intellectual Change and the New Generation of Iranian Intellectuals, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, 2000.