Aminzade’s areas of expertise include nationalism; race relations; social movements; democratic theory; and the sociology of higher education. His current research focuses on processes of exclusion with respect to internal and external others (i.e. racial minorities and non-citizens) and how these have shaped nationalism and the nation-building project during the colonial, state socialist, and neo-liberal eras in Tanzania. Aminzade has served on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations concerned with improving educational opportunities in Africa, including Books for Africa, Project Zawadi, and Community Solutions for African Development. His undergraduate courses routinely incorporate community service learning so as to give students opportunities to work with a variety of different community organizations in the Twin Cities.