Bardia Rahmani is a PhD student in political science specializing in comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on civil wars, elite rent-seeking networks, organized crime, corruption, and kleptocracy. He has regional interests in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Prior to Columbia, Mr. Rahmani worked as a field researcher in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region and in East Timor. He also covered the politics of these countries as a freelance journalist. He speaks Persian, French and Tetun.
Mr. Rahmani holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MA in Political Science from Columbia University.