Ammar Maleki was born in 1978 in Tehran, Iran. After his studies in mechanical engineering at Tehran University and working several years in an automotive research center, he came to the Netherlands to study political science. He was awarded the Shell Centenary Scholarship (2008) to study Policy Analysis at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands) in which he graduated Cum Laude. After obtaining a three-year grant, he conducted his PhD research at the Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration, Tilburg University. His research project was a cross-cultural study on the relation between societal culture and models of democracy for which he was awarded a cum laude doctorate.
He is now working as an assistant professor in comparative politics in Tilburg University and has been doing comparative, quantitative, interdisciplinary research. His expertise and interests are in cross-cultural studies, comparative politics, democratization, political institutions, public participation and civil protests. He has published in international journals, namely Acta Politica, Cross-Cultural Research, Democratization and Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He is also a political analyst and civil activist on Iranian politics. He writes articles and op-eds for several prestigious Persian media outlets. He has published a book in Persian entitled ‘From Civil Disobedience to Civil Misobedience’.