Professor of History, George Mason University, Virginia
C.V. Starr Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2006
Shaul Bakhash specializes in the history of the modern Middle East with a special interest in the history of Iran. He received his BA and MA from Harvard University and his D.Phil. from Oxford University. He is the author of Iran: Monarchy, Bureaucracy and Reform Under the Qajars, 1858-1896; The Politics of Oil and Revolution in Iran; and Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and books, as well as in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, New Republic, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. He worked for many years as a journalist in Iran, writing for Tehran-based Kayhan Newspapers as well as for the London Times, Financial Times, and the Economist. Before coming to George Mason University, he taught at Princeton University. Bakhash has been a Guggenheim Fellow and held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and other research centers. He serves on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch/Middle East and the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy and the Middle East Journal.