Almaz Zelleke

Almaz Zelleke
Professor of Practice in Political Science
Office Phone
+1 212 998 1443

Almaz Zelleke is a Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining the university, she was a visiting scholar at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the New School for Public Engagement in New York City. She holds a PhD and MA in political science from Harvard University and a BA from Princeton University.

Professor Zelleke’s research interests include political theory and public policy and feminist political theory. Her work has appeared in Basic Income Studies, the Journal of Socio-Economics, Review of Social Economy, Policy & Politics, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. She is currently working on a book on the ethics of an unconditional basic income in the U.S. More information about Professor Zelleke's research and teaching can be found at

Professor Zelleke serves on the International Advisory Board of the Basic Income Earth Network and on the Board of Advisors of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network.

Read more about Professor Zelleke's research in What I'm Working On: Almaz Zelleke Explores the Possibilities of Universal Basic Income.



  • PhD, Political Science
    Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Political Theory and Public Policy
  • Feminist Political Theory
  • Distributive Justice
  • Conditional and Unconditional Cash Transfers
  • Varieties of Economic Regime Types

Courses Taught

  • Capitalism, Socialism, Communism: Theory and Practice
  • Global Perspectives on Society
  • Humanities Capstone Seminar
  • Self-Designed Honors Capstone Seminar
  • Self-Designed Honors Major Capstone Seminar
  • Social Science Capstone Honors Seminar
  • Social Science Capstone Seminar