Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Associate
Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell
School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he also serves as
the Founding Director of the
Middle Eastern Studies Program
and Founding Co-Director of the
Religion, Media and International Relations Program.
Dr. Boroujerdi received his B.A. in Political Science and
from Boston University, and his Ph.D. in International Relations
from the American University in Washington, D.C. His doctoral
dissertation won the Foundation for Iranian Studies award in
1990 for best dissertation in the field of Iranian studies, and
1998 he was awarded the Maxwell School’s Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Award for outstanding teaching, research, and service.
From 1990 to 1992, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard
University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a Rockefeller
Foundation fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to more than thirty journal articles and book
chapters in English and Persian, he is the author of
Tarashidam, Parastidam, Shikastam: Guftarhay-i dar Siyasat
va Huvyiyat-i Irani
Carved, Worshiped and Shattered:
Essays on Iranian Politics and Identity]
(Tehran: Nashr-e Negah-e Mo`aser, 1389/2010) and
Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of
(Syracuse University Press, 1996)
translated into Arabic, Persian, and Turkish —
and is the editor of a forthcoming volume entitled
Mirror for the Muslim
Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft. For the last
several years, Dr.
Boroujerdi has been working on a large research project
collecting data on more than 2,000 members of the political
elite of post-revolutionary Iran.
Dr. Boroujerdi has been the recipient of grants from the Henry
R. Luce Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the
the Institute of International
the U.S. Department of Education, and the United States
Institute of Peace. Since 1996, he has served
as the editor of over 28 books that Syracuse University Press
has published under the imprint of
Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East.
From 2000 to
2007 he served as the book review editor of the
International Journal of Middle East Studies.
He is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute
(Washington, D.C.), a member of the Social Science Research
Council’s Religion and International Affairs Advisory Committee,
trustee of the
American Institute of Iranian Studies, and a
member of the
Board of Directors of the
Near East Foundation.
Dr. Boroujerdi (with
Mirjam Künkler) is a principal investigator of the Iran Data
an internet portal that hosts social science data on Iran.
As a Middle East expert, Boroujerdi has consulted with a number
of organizations both domestic and international. He is
interviewed quite frequently by national and international news
media (such as Associated Press, BBC, National Public Radio, New
York Times, Reuters, Washington Post) as one of the leading Iran
experts around the world.
Professor Boroujerdi is also the President of the
International Society for