About Mehrzad Boroujerdi


  • The American University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1990

Mehrzad Boroujerdi

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  • The American University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1990


Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Previously he was Professor of Government and International Affairs and Director of the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, and before that professor of political science at Syracuse University.

Boroujerdi is the author or co-author of four books: Post-revolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook, published in 2018; Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft, published in 2013; Tarashidam, Parastidam, Shikastam: Guftarhay-i dar Siyasat va Huvyiyat-i Irani (I Carved, Worshiped and Shattered: Essays on Iranian Politics and Identity), published in 2010; and Iranian Intellectuals and the West: Tormented Triumph of Nativism, published in 1996.

Dr. Boroujerdi has been President of the Association for Iranian Studies, a fellow of the American Council on Education, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, a visiting scholar at UCLA, a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute (Washington, D.C.), and a Co-PI of Iran Data Portal. He has been the recipient of grants from Carnegie Corporation, the Henry Luce Foundation, Institute of International Education, Princeton University, Social Science Research Council, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, United States Department of Education, United States Institute of Peace, and the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust .

Dr. Boroujerdi is frequently consulted by both government entities and such national and international media outlets as Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Economist, Guardian, LA Times, NPR, New York Times, Reuters, Spiegel, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

He earned a Ph.D. in international relations from The American University (Washington, D.C.) in 1990, a master's degree in political science from Northeastern University in 1985 and a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University in 1983.


Expertise areas

Middle Eastern politics, Iranian history, Foreign Policy

Research funding

  • Merrick & Company Sponsorship grant for the National Security Executive Education
    Program, Virginia Tech ($10,000), 2021.
  • Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund ($3,104), 2018.
  • Violet Jabara Charitable Trust Principal Investigator (PI): "Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Political
    Handbook," ($20,000), 2016.
  • Princeton University's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies Co-PI for "Iran Data Portal Support Grant" (with Professor Mirjam
    Kunkler) ($5,000), 2014.
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York Grant to support a conference on Iranian foreign policy decision making
    and negotiation held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
    (CSIS) in Washington, DC ($20,000), 2014.
  • Association for Iranian Studies As President of the organization, I raised over $60,000 from Roshan
    Cultural Heritage Institute, Foundation for Iranian Studies, McGill
    University, Concordia University, Tourisme Montreal, and private
    donors for the 2014 biennial conference of the association
    held in Montreal, 2014.
  • Social Science Research Council Co-PI for "The Shari’a, Laws of War and Post-Conflict Justice Project"
    (with Professors William Banks and Keith Bybee), Institute for
    National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University
    ($50,000), 2011-2013.
  • Social Science Research Council Co-PI for "Iran Social Science Information Project" (with Professor
    Mirjam Kunkler), $142,000 (two back-to-back awards), 2009-2011
  • United States Department of Education Co-PI for "Strengthening the Middle Eastern Studies Program at
    Syracuse University," Undergraduate International Studies and
    Foreign Language Program (with Professor Miriam Elman) ($179,000),
  • United States Institute of Peace PI for "Iran's Heavenly Chorus: The Political Elite of a Theocratic State,"
    ($81,133), 2008-2009.
  • Private Donors Raised $500,000 from Syracuse University alumni and used the endowed
    funds to support the Middle Eastern Studies Program , 2006-2014.
  • Henry R. Luce Foundation Co-PI for "Religion, Media and International Affairs" (with Professors
    Tazim Kassam and Gustav Niebuhr ($370,000), 2006-2009.
  • Syracuse University Ray Smith Symposium Conference Grant, "Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and the Theory of
    Statecraft" ($12,000), 2005.
  • Institute of International Education PI, Scholar Rescue Fund Matching-sum Fellowship Grants. These funds
    allowed me to bring four persecuted Middle Eastern scholars to Syracuse
    University ($125,000), 2004-2008, 2016.
  • Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship Five separate Appleby-Mosher Fund Grants ($5,000), 1988-2006.

Research grants


  • Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook 2018. (co-authored with Kourosh Rahimkhani). Syracuse: Syracuse
    University Presss. Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook
    provides the most comprehensive collection of data on political life in
    postrevolutionary Iran, including coverage of 36 national elections,
    more than 400 legal and outlawed political organizations, and family
    ties among the elite. It provides biographical sketches of more than
    2,300 political personalities ranging from cabinet ministers and
    parliament deputies to clerical, judicial, and military leaders, much of
    this information previously unavailable in English.

    Providing a cartography of the complex structure of power in
    postrevolutionary Iran, this volume offers a window not only into the
    immediate years before and after the Iranian Revolution but also into
    what has happened during the last four turbulent decades. This
    volume and the data it contains will be invaluable to policymakers,
    researchers, and scholars of the Middle East alike.
  • Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft, 2013. Editor. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. In this volume, a group of distinguished scholars reinterpret concepts
    and canons of Islamic thought in Arab, Persian, South Asian, and
    Turkish traditions. They demonstrate that there is no unitary Islamic
    position on important issues of statecraft and governance. They
    recognize that Islam is a discursive site marked by silences,
    agreements, and animated controversies. Rigorous debates and
    profound disagreements among Muslim theologians, philosophers,
    and literati have taken place over such questions as: What is an
    Islamic state? Was the state ever viewed as an independent political
    institution in the Islamic tradition of political thought? Is it possible
    that a religion that places an inordinate emphasis upon the
    importance of good deeds does not indeed have a vigorous notion of
    public interest or a systematic theory of government? Does Islam
    provide an edifice, a common idiom, and an ideological mooring for
    premodern and modern Muslim rulers alike? The nuanced reading of
    the Islamic traditions provided in this book will help future
    generations of Muslims contemplate a more humane style of
  • 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). This book
    encompasses a collection of 18 of Dr. Boroujerdi's Persian-language
    essays that explore Iran's intellectual history in the interwar period
    (1919-1939) and the post-1979 era.

Awards and recognition


  • Syracuse University Recipient of the 2019 Middle Eastern Studies Program's Teaching
    Excellence Award.
  • Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for outstanding teaching, research and
    service by a junior faculty member ($3,000), 1998.
  • Foundation for Iranian Studies Best Dissertation Award in the field of Iranian Studies ($1,000), 1990.
  • The American University Fred Nothman Award for Academic Excellence, 1990.
  • The American University Outstanding Scholarship Award in Middle Eastern Studies, 1989.
  • The American University Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, School of International Service, 1989-
  • The American University Graduate Student Council Summer Research Award, 1989.


  • Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Inaugural Recipient of O’Hanley Faculty Scholar Award Fund given for
    five years in recognition of contribution to research, service and
    teaching, $18,000 (2014).
  • Institute of International Education, Scholar Rescue Fund Outstanding Service Award, 2011.
  • College Board Certificate of Recognition in appreciation for my service to the
    Advanced Placement (AP) Program as a member of the AP
    Comparative Government & Politics Development Committee from
    2004 to 2008.


  • Virginia Tech I led the efforts of the School of Public and International Affairs to win
    Virginia Tech's Exemplary Department or Program Award for the
    theme of developing and sustaining effective approaches to teaching
    with a global perspective at the graduate or undergraduate levels in
    2020 ($10,000).
  • Association for for Iranian Studies Elected by members to serve as the President of the Association for
    Iranian Studies (the leading professional association devoted to the field
    of Iranian Studies in the Western world) from 2012 to 2014.
  • Iran Data Portal I was one of two Co-founders of IDP that since its launch in 2011 has
    become the most visited website for social science data on post-
    revolutionary Iran, with now over 4,700 visitors and over 6,300 page-
    views each month.
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies As the book review editor, I commissioned and published 187 book
    reviews in this flagship journal in the field of Middle Eastern Studies
    between 2002 and 2007.
  • Syracuse University Press As the Founding Editor of the Modern Intellectual and Political History
    of the Middle East book series, I published 37 books in this
    interdisciplinary book series between 1996 and 2014.