Director, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)
- Ph.D., International Relations, The American University, 1990
- M.A., Political Science, Northeastern University, 1985
- B.A., Political Science (magna cum laude), Boston Univeristy, 1983
- Comparative politics
- Middle East regional politics
- Iranian studies
- Post-revolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook, co-authored with Kourosh Rahimkhani (Syracuse University Press, 2018).
- (ed.), Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft (Syracuse University Press, 2013)
- Tarashidam, Parastidam, Shikastam: Guftarhay-i dar Siyasat va Huvyiyat-i Irani [I Carved, Worshiped and Shattered: Essays on Iranian Politics and Identity] (Tehran: Nashr-e Negah-e Mo`aser, 2010)
- Iranian Intellectuals and the West: Tormented Triumph of Nativism (Syracuse University Press, 1996).
- “The Unfolding of Unreason: Javad Tabatabai’s Idea of Political Decline in Iran,” with Alireza Shomali, Iranian Studies 48 (6), 2015: 949-965.
- “Bet on the Optimists: Prospects for Reform,” Foreign Service Journal, June 2007: 26-31.
- “Iranian Nuclear Miasma,” with Todd Fine, Syracuse Law Review 57 (3), 2007: 619-635.
- “‘The West’ in the Eyes of the Iranian Intellectuals of the Interwar Years (1919-1939),” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 26 (3), 2006: 391-401.
I am currently working on translating my Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook into Persian and while also starting work on an autobiography revolving around how the 1979 revolution in Iran impacted me and my family.
- Middle Eastern politics
- Iranian intellectual and political history