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Behrooz Moazami

Patrick G. O'Keefe Distinguished Professor of History

Behrooz Moazami
Behrooz Moazami

Dr. Moazami joined Loyola's History Department in 2007. His first doctorate was a study of state formation in Europe from the 19th century to the formation of the European Union (University of Paris VIII, France). It won him an EU postdoctoral fellowship at NYU. He completed his second Ph.D. in Sociology and History from the New School for Social Research (NY) in 2004. His thesis, "The Making of the State, Religion and the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1796-1979)," won the Albert Salomon Memorial Award in Sociology for Doctoral Dissertations.

From Tehran, Iran, Dr. Moazami joined Loyola's faculty after a life of political activism and academia. Dr. Moazami was raised in Iranian society and experienced the life of a revolutionary and has lived in exile in France and the USA. He has taught at several universities, including the New School for Social Science Research (NYU) and Tulane University. Dr. Moazami hopes to broaden our ideas of the Middle East and its culture. He says "the Middle East is not just a militant Islamic society with a violent past; it is more complex!" Dr. Moazami's courses will elaborate on this idea. He is currently engaged in creating the Middle East / Peace Studies interdisciplinary minor program. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University.


Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 2004

Classes Taught

  • History of the Middle East I
  • History of the Middle East II
  • Mideast Violence: Religious or Political?
  • Radical Islamic Movements
  • World Civilizations to 1650

Areas of Expertise

The Making of the State, Religion And The Islamic Revolution In Iran, Study of State Formation In Europe From The 19th Century To The Formation Of The European Union