Nader Saiedi, born in Tehran, Iran, is a retired sociologist with a distinguished career spanning over four decades. He dedicated more than 25 years to teaching sociology at Carleton College and offering Baha’i studies at UCLA. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. His academic interests encompass Babi and Baha’i studies, social theory, Iranian studies, and peace studies. Among his notable publications are “The Birth of Social Theory” (1993), “Logos and Civilization” (2000), and “Gate of the Heart” (2008).