History of US-Iran relations

The briefing will take place on Monday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cannon HOB Room 121.

With the United States and Iran edging ever closer to confrontation, it is more important than ever that we understand the historical roots of this volatile relationship. Several leading historians of American-Iranian relations will trace that history and explain how we reached the current impasse.

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Meet the Presenters

Mark Gasiorowski is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University in New Orleans.  He is the author of US Foreign Policy and the Shah (Cornell University Press, 1991) and co-editor of Neither East Nor West: Iran, the Soviet Union, and the United States (Yale University Press, 1990) and Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2004).  He has also written many scholarly articles about US policy toward Iran and other topics.  He served as a Visiting Professor at Tehran University in 1994, 1996, and 1998 and as a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre, Oxford University in 2001-2002.

John Ghazvinian is Associate Director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. A historian and former journalist, specializing in the history of US-Iran relations, he is the author of Iran and America: A History (Knopf, forthcoming) and Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (Harcourt, 2007), as well as coeditor of American and Muslim Worlds before 1900 (Bloomsbury, 2020). He has written for such publications as Newsweek, The Nation, the Sunday Times and the Huffington Post, and earned his doctorate in history at Oxford University.

Meet the Moderator

Matthew Shannon is Associate Professor of History at Emory & Henry College. He is the author of Losing Hearts and Minds: American-Iranian Relations and International Education during the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2017). His original research is published in Iranian Studies, Diplomatic History, International History Review, and The Sixties, and he is the co-editor of 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st Century World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Dr. Shannon’s current research project explores the work of Presbyterian missionaries and their influence on the American “mission” in Iran from the 1940s to the 1960s.