MEHRZAD BOROUJERDI

CURRICULUM VITAE

   
 
Department of Political Science
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244-1090
Tel: (315) 443-5877
Fax: (315) 443-9082
mboroujerdi@maxwell.syr.edu
http://faculty.maxwell.syr.edu/mborouje/
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Education
Employment

Current Positions:

  • Founding Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program (2003-present)

  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science (1998-present)

  • The  Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Previous Positions:

  • Founding Co-Director, Religion, Media & International Affairs Program, Syracuse University, 2006-09.

  • Scholar in Residence, Middle East Institute, Washington, D.C., 2000-01.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University, 1992-98.

  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas-Austin, 1991-92

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 1990-91.

  •  Member, Board of Directors, Near East Foundation, 2010-present

  • Institutional Trustee, The American Institute of Iranian Studies, 2008 to present. 

  • Member, Advisory Board, The National Iranian American Council, 2008-2011.

  • Member, Program on Religion and International Affairs, Social Science Research Council, 2007-2010.

  • Adjunct Scholar in Public Policy, Middle East Institute, Washington, D.C. 2005 to present.

  • Member, Development Committee for the Advanced Placement (AP) Comparative Government & Politics Course and Examination, Educational Testing Services/College Board, 2004-2008

  • Member, AP Comparative Government Working Group, Educational Testing Services, 2003-2004.

  • Member, International Affairs Merit Review Panel and National Nominating Panel for the National Security Education Program’s (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships, Academy for Educational Development, 2001-2002.

  • Adjunct Scholar in Public Policy, Middle East Institute, Washington, D.C. 2005 to present.

  • Member, Steering Committee for the Project on “Islam, Ethnicity and Geo-Politics along the Persian Gulf-Caspian Sea Axis,” The Research Council of Norway, 2001-2003.

  • Book Review Editor, International Journal of Middle East Studies [quarterly journal of the Middle East Studies Association]. Commissioned and published 187 reviews during tenure, 2000-2007.

  • Founding Editor, “Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East Series,” Syracuse University Press. 30 books have been published in my series since 1996.

  • Member, Editorial Board, Syracuse University Press, 1995-1998.

Honors

  • 2012-2014. President-Elect, International Society for Iranian Studies                       (http://iranianstudies.com/).

  • 2011. Award for Outstanding Service, Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund.

  • 2010. Inductee, Phi Beta Delta [International Honor Society at Syracuse University].

  • 2003. Inductee, Honorary Member, Theta Chi Beta [Religion Honor Society at Syracuse University].

  • 1998.  Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for outstanding teaching, research and service by a junior faculty member, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

  • 1990. “Best Dissertation Award,” Foundation for Iranian Studies, Bethesda, Maryland.

  • 1990. Fred Nothman Award for Academic Excellence, Graduate Student Council, American University.

  • 1989.  Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Field of Islamic Studies, School of             International Service, American University.

  • 1983.  Earned undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude, Boston University.

Research Grants

  • 2011-12. “The Shari’a, Laws of War and Post-Conflict Justice Project” (with Professors William Banks and Keith Bybee). Social Science Research Council.

  • 2010-2011. Renewal grant for Iran Social Science Information Project” (with Professor Mirjam Künkler of Princeton University). The Social Science Research Council.

  • 2009-2010. “Iran Social Science Information Project” (with Professor Mirjam Künkler). The Social Science Research Council.

  • 2008-2009. “Iran's Heavenly Chorus: The Political Elite of a Theocratic State.” The United States Institute of Peace.

  • 2006.  Appleby-Mosher Award for Faculty Research, Maxwell School of Citizenship.

  • 2005.  Summer Project Assistantship Grant, Office of Associate Dean for Sponsored Research, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

  • 2004.  Appleby-Mosher Award for Faculty Research, Maxwell School of Citizenship.

  • 2003.  Appleby-Mosher Award for Faculty Research, Maxwell School of Citizenship.

  • 2003.  Faculty Research Grant, Maxwell School of Citizenship.

  • 2002.  Faculty Research Grant, Maxwell School of Citizenship.

  • 1999.  Appleby-Mosher Award for Faculty Research, Maxwell School of Citizenship.

  • 1998.  Appleby-Mosher Award for Faculty Research, Maxwell School of Citizenship.

  • 1991-1992. “Intellectuals, Literature, and Publishing Houses in Iran.” Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship [undertaken at the University of Texas at Austin].

  • 1989.  Graduate Student Council Summer Research Grant, American University.

Institutional Grants and Gifts Secured

  • 2011-2012. “Scholar Rescue Fund Matching-sum Fellowship Grants.” The Institute of International Education.

  • 2010-2011. “Scholar Rescue Fund Matching-sum Fellowship Grants.” The Institute of International Education.

  • 2009-2011.” Strengthening the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University” (with Professor Miriam Elman). Award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.

  • 2008. Secured gift of 3,000 books on the Middle East by Dr. Khalil Semaan to SU Library.

  • 2006-present. Endowment Gifts (totaling $400,000) to support SU’s Middle Eastern Studies Program.

  • 2006-2009. “Religion, Media and International Affairs” (with Professors Gustav Niebuhr and Tazim Kassam of SU). The Henry R. Luce Foundation. $370,000

  • 2006-2007. Chancellor’s Feinstone Grant for “Middle Eastern Film Series.” Multicultural Affairs Office.

  • 2005.  Grant for “Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and the Theory of Statecraft” conference.  Award from SU’s Ray Smith Symposium. $12,000.

  • 2004-2008. “Scholar Rescue Fund Matching-sum Fellowship Grants.”  The Institute of International Education ($60,000).

  • 2004.  “Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World.” Grant from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. $10,000. 

  • Professional Service and Memberships

  •  2010-2011. External Evaluator, Tenure and Promotion case at Texas A&M University (Texas).

  •  2006.  Member, Best Published Article Selection Committee, Journal of Iranian Studies.

  •  2002.  External Evaluator, Tenure and Promotion case at Lake Forest College (Illinois).

  •  1999.  External Evaluator, Tenure and Promotion case at Hampshire College (Massachusetts).

  •  1994.  Program Chair, Annual Conference of Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Villanova University.

  •  1992-1998. Elected Member, Executive Board, Center for Iranian Research and Analysis.

  •  1991-2001. Elected Member, Executive Council, International Society for Iranian Studies. Also served as Co-Chair of Membership Committee.

  •  1991 to present.  Manuscript and Grant Referee for: Academy for Educational Development, Congressional Quarterly Press, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Oxford University Press, Research Council of Norway, State University of New York Press, Syracuse University Press, New York University Press, University of Texas Press, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Comparative Politics; Middle East Critique, Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, International Journal of Middle East Studies, International Studies Perspectives, International Studies Quarterly, Iran Nameh, Journal of Iranian Studies, Journal of Iranian Research and Analysis, Journal of Persianate Studies, Middle East Journal, New Political Science, Qualitative Sociology; and Strategic Asia.

University and Department Administration

University Committees:

  •  Member, University Senate (2002-2006; 2010-12); Humanities Council (2006-2007; 2008-2009).

  • Member of Search Committees: Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Fall 2006); Director of the Renee Crown Honors Program (2003-2004); Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics (Spring 2008).

  • Member of Evaluation Committees: Senate Committee on Appointments and Promotions (2010-11); Scholarship and University Committee on Promotion & Tenure, Syracuse University (2006-2007); Research Committee (1997-2000); Fulbright Candidate Review Committee (2002-2004); Member, National Security Education Program (NSEP) Campus Review Committee (February 2006); Ad-hoc committee convened by Interim Provost to plan for “Small World/Big Divides” Symposium (September 2006); Renee Crown Honors Program Committee defining the “Global Awareness” requirement of the new Honors curriculum (December 2004-February 2005); Turkey Site Exploration Committee [inspected Turkish universities for the purpose of establishing an exchange relationship] (July 2006).

  • Lower Division Advisor, College of Arts & Sciences (1993-1997; 2001-2002; 2004-2005; 2007-08); Summer Faculty Advisor (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2007); Instructor, Freshman Forum (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001); Undergraduate Research Program Sponsor (1995-1997).

School Committees:

  • For the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts [PARC]: Executive Committee (1996-1999; 2003-2005), PARC 10th Anniversary Organizing Committee (1996-1997), PARC Administrative Assistant Search Committee (1997), PARC Associate Director Search Committee (1999), Director of PARC Search Committee (October 2004-February 2005).

  • Member: Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award Selection Committee for most outstanding junior faculty at the Maxwell School (Spring 2007)

  • Member of Search Committees: Director of the International Relations Program (Fall 2005-Spring 2006); Middle East History Search Committee, History Department (2003-2004); Senior hire in Security Studies, Department of Public Administration (Spring 2008).

  • Member of Review Committees: Goekjian Summer Research Grants 2007 Review Committee (March 2007); Task Force on the Future Status of the International Relations Program (Fall 2006); Maxwell School’s Grade Appeal Committee (2002). 

Department Committees:

  • Director, Graduate Studies Program (2001-2004); Chair, Admissions & Aid Committee (2001-2004); Graduate Studies Committee (1999-2000); Advisor for Political Science Majors (1993-1998, 2004, 2007) and Honors Students (1998-2000); Promotion & Tenure Committee (1997-1998; 2000-01); Hiring Committee (2005-2006, 2007-2008; 2010); Doctoral Program Review Committee (2004-2005).

Scholarly Papers and Addresses
  1. "The West and the Identity Problematic of Iranian Intellectuals," presented at the conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Chicago (April 1988)
  2. "Iran: The Downfall of a Neopatrimonial Rentier State," presented at the meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Baltimore (March 1989)
  3. "The Iranian Revolution in Comparative Perspective," presented at the conference of the Capital Division of the International Studies Association, Washington, DC (October 1989)
  4. "The Encounter of Post-Revolutionary Thought in Iran with Hegel, Heidegger and Popper," presented at the conference on Religious and Secular Discourse in the Middle East, The American University, Washington, DC (December 1989)
  5. "The Iranian Revolution: Triumph of Orientalism in Reverse," presented at the convention of the International Studies Association, Washington, DC (April 1990)
  6. "Intellectuals, Literature and Publishing Houses in Iran: 1960-1990," presented at the convention of the Middle East Studies Association, San Antonio (November 1990)
  7. "The Quest for Identity: Iranian Intellectuals and the West," presented at the seminar of the Committee on Iranian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (April 1991)
  8. "Iran: The Withering Away of a Civil Society?" presented at the convention of the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC (November 1991)
  9. "Can Islam be Secularized?" presented at the conference of Texas Association of Middle East Scholars, Laredo, TX (February 1992)
  10. "The Misplaced Polarities of Third World Studies," presented at the convention of the International Studies Association, Atlanta (April 1992)
  11. "Publishing Houses and the Politics of High Culture in Iran," presented at the conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Austin, TX (April 1992)
  12. "Nation-States and State-Nations in the Middle East," presented at the convention of the International Studies Association, Acapulco, Mexico (March 1993)
  13. "Circumscribed Nation-States in the Middle East: A Theoretical Canvas," presented at the conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Los Angeles (April 1993)
  14. "Political Science in a Politicized Polity: The Case of Iran," presented at the convention of the Middle East Studies Association, Research Triangle Park, NC (November 1993)
  15. "A Critical Look at Iranian Cultural Identity," presented at the conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Villanova, PA (April 1994)
  16. "The Torturous Labyrinth of National Identity," presented at the conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Columbus, Ohio (April 1995)
  17. Evaluating Paul Kennedy's Preparing for the Twenty-First Century (Random House, 1993), Threats to the Peace: Possibilities for the Future Lecture Series, Onondaga County Central Library (May 1995)
  18. “Shi`ite Modernists and Theological Acrobatics,” presented at the convention of the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC (December 1995)
  19. “Nativist Movements in Iran’s Intellectual Tradition in the 20th Century,” presented at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (April 1996)
  20. “Social, Economic, and Military Challenges to the Gulf Cooperation Council States,” (co-authored with Haleh Vaziri). Presented at the seminar on “The Development and Stability of the Persian Gulf Region,” The Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran, Iran (December 1996)
  21. “Khatami’s Election: Implications for Iranian Politics,” presented at the conference on “Iran’s Elections: Implications for U.S. Policy,” The Middle East Institute, Washington, DC (July 1997)
  22. “The Secularist Project in Early Twentieth Century Iran: An Assessment,” presented at the convention of the Middle East Studies Association, San Francisco (November 1997)
  23. “Countering Counterfeit Universalism: The Indigenization of Third World Social Science,” presented at the annual conference of the International Studies Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 1998)
  24. “Countering Counterfeit Universalism: The Indigenization of Third World Social Science,” presented at the “Muslim Societies and Islams in the Age of Globalization and Postmodernity” conference sponsored by Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (April 1999)
  25. “The Tormented Triumph of Nativism in Iran,” presented at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley (April 1998)
  26. “Intellectual Trends in Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Twenty-year Retrospective,” presented at the annual conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham, United Kingdom (July 1998)
  27. “Developments in Iran,” presented at the 52nd annual conference of the Middle East Institute, National Press Club, Washington, DC (October 1998)
  28. “The Paradoxes of Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran,” conference on the 20th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Middle East Institute, Washington, DC (February 1999)
  29. “The Paradoxes of Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran,” presented at the Columbia University Seminar on Iranian Studies, New York (April 1999)
  30. “Assessing Riza Shah’s Secularization Drive,” presented at the conference on “Iran under Riza Shah,” sponsored by the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, London (June 1999)
  31. “Assessing Riza Shah’s Secularization Drive,” presented at the “Modernization in Iran” workshop organized by Georgetown University’s National Resource Center on the Middle East, Washington, DC (October 1999)
  32. “Islam and Human Rights,” presented at the annual meeting of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineers, and the Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC (October 1999)
  33.  “Comparing Turkish and Iranian Secularization Movements,” presented at the convention of the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC (November 1999)
  34. “Toward a Sociology of Civil Society in Iran,” presented at the 9th Annual Symposium of Critique [Journal for Critical Studies of the Middle East], Saint Paul, MN (March 2000)
  35. “Triumphs and Travails of Authoritarian Modernization Under Reza Shah,” presented at the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Iranian Studies and The American Institute of Iranian Studies, Bethesda, Maryland (May 2000)
  36. “Dialogue with Expatriate Iranians,” presented at the First Conference of the Cultural and Islamic Communication Organization, Tehran, Iran (July 2000)
  37. “What Have We Learned About Iranian Politics?” presented at the 54th annual conference of the Middle East Institute, National Press Club, Washington, DC (October 2000)
  38. “Continuities and Discontinuities in Iranian Intellectual Thought,” presented at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC (October 2000)
  39. “Iranian Intellectuals and the Vortex of Western Modernity,” presented at the conference on “Intellectual Trends in 20th Century Iran,” Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (October 2000)
  40. “Iranian Intellectuals and the Vortex of Western Modernity,” presented at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (November 2000)
  41. “Muslim Intellectuals and Islamic Identity in Relations to the West,” presented at the Inaugural lecture series, Program in Religion and Society, Syracuse University (February 2002)
  42. “Muslim Intellectuals and Western Modernity,” presented at the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Focus Grant Faculty Workshop, Claremont Graduate University (February 2002)
  43. “Post-revolutionary Intellectuals in Iran and the Tradition-Modernity Debate,” 4th  Biennial Conference of the Society for Iranian Studies and The American Institute of Iranian Studies, Bethesda, Maryland (May 2002)
  44. “War with Iraq,” presented at a workshop organized by Syracuse University (January 2003)
  45. “September 11, Afghanistan and Iraq: The Down Payment on a New World Order?” presented at a symposium on "A New World Order? Iraq, Terrorism, and the Future of International Relations," Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY (March 2003)
  46. ‘The Political Implications of Edward W. Said’s Work,” presented at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel (October 2003)
  47. “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq,” presented at the University College Lecture Series (October 2003)
  48. “Status of Secularism in Iran,” presented at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto (July 2004)
  49. “Javad Tabatabai’s Theory of Iranian Decadence,” presented at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for Iranian Studies and The American Institute of Iranian Studies, Bethesda, Maryland (May 2004)
  50. “Reconsidering the Intellectual Legacy of Reza Shah Era, 1921-1941,” presented at Kulturforeningen Ide, Stockholm, Sweden (September 2004)
  51. “Reconsidering the Intellectual Legacy of Reza Shah Era, 1921-1941,” presented at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto. Persian version of the talk was also presented at a meeting of the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto (October 2004)
  52. “The End of an Era? Yasser Arafat and the Future of the Middle East,” presented at the Brown bag lecture series sponsored by Graduate Student Association, Political Science Department, Syracuse University (November 2004)
  53. “Circulation of Elites in Post-revolutionary Iran,” presented at the Yale University Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT (February 2005)
  54. “The West in the Eyes of the Iranian Intellectuals of the Interwar Years (1919-1939),” presented at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (April 2005)
  55. “Thinking critically about the Danish Cartoons Controversy,” presented as part of a panel discussion organized by the Program on Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts, Syracuse University (February 2006)
  56. “Constitutional Revolution Era and the Pahlavi Dynasty in Iran,” presented at the conference on “Centenary of the Persian Constitutional Revolution,” School of Oriental and African Studies, London, England (July 2006)
  57. “The Circulation of Elites in Post-revolutionary Iran,” presented at the 6th Biannual conference of the International Society for Iranian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, England (August 2006)
  58. “Why is there a Democracy Deficit in the Middle East?” presented as part of the University College Lecture Series (October 2006)
  59. “The Iranian Nuclear Miasma,” presented at "A Nuclear Iran: The Legal Implications of a Preemptive National Security Strategy" conference, SU Law School (October 2006)
  60. “The Iranian Nuclear Miasma,” presented at the annual meeting of the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (October 2006).
  61. “The Circulation of Elites in Post-revolutionary Iran,” presented at the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association, Boston, MA (November 2006)
  62. Keynote Speaker, convocation of the Maxwell International Students Association (January 2007)
  63. “Democracy Deficit in the Middle East,” presented as part of a workshop for democracy activists from the Arab World, Syracuse University (February 2007)
  64.  “Rethinking the Intellectual History of the Reza Shah Period,” presented (in Persian) as part of the “Persian Lecture Series,” Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (February 2007). Click Here for link.
  65. “Circulation of Elites in Post-revolutionary Iran” presented as part of the “Persian Lecture Series,” Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (February 2007)
  66. “Media, Religion and International Relations,” presented at the Tuesday Humanities Coffee Hour, Syracuse University (February 2007)
  67. “Understanding Anti-Americanism in an `Axis of Evil’ Country: The Case of Iran,” presented at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York (March 2007)
  68. “Understanding Anti-Americanism in an `Axis of Evil’ Country: The Case of Iran,” presented at Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire (March 2007)
  69. “Circulation of Elites in Iran,” Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University (October 4, 2007).
  70. “Implications of Iran’s Parliamentary Elections,” joint working group of the Brookings Institution and United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC (March 2008).
  71. “Iranian Politics” presented at “IRAN 3600: Exploring Politics, Economics and Society in a Global Hotspot” Conference sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, Virginia (April 2008).
  72. “Voting and Electoral Participation in Iran,” Workshop organized by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandies University, Waltham, MA (May 2008).
  73. October 2009. “The 2009 Presidential Elections in Iran and the Future of the Iranian Republic.” Invited Lecture, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
  74. October 2009. “The 2009 Presidential Elections in Iran and the Future of the Iranian Republic.” Invited Lecture, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
  75. "Human Rights and the Battle for Iran." Invited panel discussion, National Iranian-American Council, Capitol Hill, DC. 
  76. February 8, 2010.  "Policy and Perspective in Iran," University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee., Great Decisions Series. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  77. March 18, 2010. “Analyzing the Political Elite of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Invited lecture, co-sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC.
  78. March 27, 2010. “Secularism and International Relations: The State of Play.” Paper presented at the “Future of Secularism and the Public Role of Religion in Post-Islamist Iran: An International Conference,” Lake Forest College, Chicago, Illinois.
  79. May 15, 2010. “Secularism, Civil Society and Democracy in Iran.” Paper presented at the “Civil Society and Democracy in Iran,” Center for Ethics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
  80. July 7, 2010. “Iranian Revolutionary Guards.” Paper presented at the “Partnership, Strength, and Presence: Converging Regional Interests and Opportunities in the Gulf” conference on the Middle East co-sponsored by the United States Central Command, U.S. Army Directed Studies Office and The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
  81. September 2, 2010. “Iran: Continuity Scenario.” Paper presented at the “Iran Futures” Workshop organized by the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
  82.  September 10, 2010. “Iran in 2020.” Invited lecture, roundtable at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, Norway.
  83. November 18, 2010. “Circulation of Elites in Iran.” Invited lecture, Program on Iranian Studies, Stanford University.
  84. November 21, 2010. “Revolutionary Guards and Militarization of Iranian Politics.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, San Diego, CA.
  85. February 24, 2011. “Iranian Elite Studies: A Historical Retrospective", Iranian Studies Initiative, New York University, New York City.
  86. November 8, 2011. “The United States and the Arab Spring: Prospects and Challenges,” Wheaton College, Norton, MA.
  87. November 17, 2011. “Islam and Modern Iranian Lifestyle,” University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
  88. November 18, 2011. “The Supreme Leader and Elections in Iran” part of panel discussion entitled “What's Parliament Got to do With it? Elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC.
  89. “The Battle for Power in Iran: Revolutionary Guard Corp vs. Clerics,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC (February 24, 2012).
  90. “Iran: Facing Domestic and International Challenges,” Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (February 27, 2012).
  91. “Analyzing Iran’s March 2012 Parliamentary Elections,” Foreign Service Institute, Washington, DC. (March 29, 2012).
  92. “The Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran,” United States Institute of Peace conference on Change and Continuity in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Washington, DC. (June 27, 2012).
  93. "Cabinets and Ministers in Post-Revolutionary Iran,” biennial conference of the International Society for Iranian Studies, Istanbul, Turkey (August 3, 2012).
  94. “What Lies Ahead for U.S.-Iranian Relations?” The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (October 11, 2012).
  95. “After the U.S. Elections: What is at Stake for Iran?” Annual meeting of the Middle East Institute, Washington, DC (November 14, 2012).
  96. "The Arab Spring and Political Islam,” Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (January 28, 2013).
Workshop / Panel / Conference / Lecture Series Organizing
  1. Chair and discussant, "Current Events in the Middle East." Conference of Texas Association of Middle East Scholars, Laredo, TX (February 1992)
  2. Chair, "International Politics in the Third World.” Convention of the International Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia (April 1992)
  3. Organizer and Chair, "State of the Art on Social Sciences in Post-Revolutionary Iran." Convention of the Middle East Studies Association, Research Triangle Park, NC (November 1993)
  4. Organizer, Lecture Series, “Middle East: Visions for the Future,” Global Affairs Institute, Syracuse University (Fall 1994-Spring 1995)
  5. Chair, "State, Society, and Economy in the Contemporary Middle East." Convention of the Middle East Studies Association, Phoenix, AZ (November 1994)
  6. Chair and discussant, "The State and Ideology in Iran: Legitimation and Challenge." Conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Columbus, OH (April 1995)
  7. Discussant, “Islamic Political Thought in Post-Revolutionary Iran.” Convention of the Middle East Studies Association, Providence, RI (November 1996)
  8. Discussion Facilitator, “Conversation with Benedict Anderson Regarding Theories of Nationalism.” Tenth Anniversary Conference of the Program on Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts, Syracuse University (February 1997)
  9. Organizer and Chair, “Triumphs and Travails of Secularism in Turkey and Iran.” Convention of the Middle East Studies Association, San Francisco (November 1997)
  10. Discussant, “Tradition and Modernity in Islamic Movements: Problems and Prospects.” 2nd Biennial conference of the Society for Iranian Studies, Bethesda, MD (May 1998)
  11. Discussion Facilitator, “Islamic Democracy and Islamic Governance,” discussion with Abdolkarim Soroush and Charles Butterworth, Middle East Institute and Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC (November 2000)
  12. Critic and Chair: “Author Meets Critics: Fariba Adelkhah’s Being Modern in Iran, Conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Toronto (April 2001)
  13. Discussant, “Paradigmatics of Contemporary Iranian Politics,” 4th Biennial conference of the Society for Iranian Studies, Bethesda, MD (May 2002)
  14. Chaired a roundtable discussion with participants in “The Problem of Democratic Transition in an Islamic State: The Case of Iran,” conference, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars entitled  Washington, DC (May 2002)
  15. Organizer/Chair/Discussant, “Evaluating the Reformist Movement in Iran,” 36th annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC (November 2002)
  16. Introduced University Lecturer Rita Hauser (International Lawyer, Philanthropist, and President of the Hauser Foundation) before her campus address entitled "The U.S. Role in a Troubled Middle East" (March 30, 2004)
  17. Translator and host for Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Noble Peace Prize winner, during her visit to Syracuse University (May 10, 2004)
  18. Represented the Advanced Placement (AP) Comparative Government and Politics Development Committee at the 2005 AP National Conference held in Houston, Texas (July 16-17, 2005)
  19. Organizer, “Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft conference,” Syracuse University (March 31-April 1, 2006)
  20. Chair and Discussant, “Political Culture in Post-revolutionary Iran,” 6th Biennial Conference of Iranian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (August 2006)
  21. Organizer, “Reforming Iran’s Theocratic State” annual conference of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, Boston, MA (November 2006)
  22. Respondent to “State of Democracy” Speaker Professor Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (November 10, 2006)
  23. “Teaching Iran as part of AP Comparative,” On-line tutorial for AP Teachers organized by College Board (December 2006)
  24. Moderator, discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Program, Syracuse University (March 2007)
  25. Introduced Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, at the 2006-07 Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, Syracuse OnCenter (April 12, 2007)
  26. Session leader and Discussant, “Building Linkages between Civil Society and Constitutionalism in Iran,” annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Montreal, Quebec (November 19, 2007).
  27. Moderator, three panel discussions on the Arab Spring with democracy activists from Arab World, Tunis, Tunisia (December 2011).
   
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