Mahmood Monshipouri

Mahmood MonshipouriProfessor and Chair, International Relations

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Office: HUM 280

Phone: (415) 338-2239



Mahmood Monshipouri is professor and chair of International Relations. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1987. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Central Michigan University, Alma College, Quinnipiac University, Redlands University, and California State University at San Marcos. During 2003-2006, he served as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

He teaches several courses in international relations, including the Middle and North Africa in International Relations, the Persian Gulf in International Relations, Theory and Application in International Relations, and Introduction to World Affairs. He specializes in human rights, identity construction, and globalization in the Muslim world. He has published and edited many books, most recently Middle East Politics: Changing Dynamics (Routledge, 2019) and Why Human Rights still matter in Contemporary World Affairs (Routledge, 2020). Moreover, a selection of his publications includes: Inside the Islamic Republic: Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran (Oxford University Press, 2016); Information, Politics, Protest, and Human Rights in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press, 2016); Democratic Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa: Youth, Technology, and Modernization (Paradigm Publishers, 2013); Terrorism, Security, and Human Rights: Harnessing the Rule of Law (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012); Human Rights in the Middle East: Frameworks, Goals, and Strategies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); Muslims in Global Politics: Identities, Interests, and Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009); Islam and Human Rights: Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts (New Delhi, India: Global Media Publications, 2006); and he co-edited Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (Routledge, 2003).  His articles have appeared in Human Rights Quarterly, Insight Turkey, and International Studies Journal. He has served as the President of the International Studies Association—Northeast Political Science Association, the Executive Director of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis. He currently serves as an editor of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, Berkeley Electronic Press.