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Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Director, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)
900 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
  • 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