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Hussein Banai

Hussein Banai

Assistant Professor
GISB 1011, (812) 856-9111

Educational Background

  • B.A., York University, 2003
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science, 2005
  • Ph.D., Brown University, 2012

Region(S) of Interest

  • Iran
  • Middle East

Research Topics

  • Comparative & International Thought
  • Liberalism in Modern Iran
  • Democratic Theory
  • U.S.-Iran Relations
  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice

Research Summary

My research is focused on Iran’s political development as well as on US-Iran relations. As regards the former, I am currently working on a book manuscript on the tortuous path of liberal thought-practices in modern Iran, provisionally titled Hidden Liberalism in Modern Iran. I have been a co-convener of a critical oral history project (along with colleagues at Brown University, MIT, the George Washington University, and the University of Waterloo) on US-Iran relations since 2007. The project brings together former Iranian and American officials, scholars, journalists, and other interested parties to explore missed opportunities and breakthroughs in US-Iran relations since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. 

Representative Publications

  • Co-author, Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War (Rowman & Littlefield), 2012.‚Äč
  • “Political Legitimacy and Democratic Rights in the Middle East,” in The Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in the Middle East, edited by Anthony T. Chase, Routledge, 2016.
  • “The Wages of Enmity: On U.S.-Iran Relations,” International Politics Reviews, Vol. 1, No. 3: June 2014.
  • “Democratic Solidarity: Rethinking Democracy Promotion in the New Middle East,” Security Dialogue, 44(5-6) October-December 2013.
  • “Diplomatic Imaginations: Mediating Estrangement in World Society,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, February 2013.
  • “Pariah Diplomacy,” in SAGE Handbook on Diplomacy, edited by Pauline Kerr, Paul Sharp and Costas Constantinou, SAGE Publications, 2015.
  • “Reflexive Diplomacy,” in Reflexivity and International Relations, edited by Jack L. Amoureux and Brent J. Steele, Routledge Press, 2016.
  • “The Future of US-Iran Relations,” in US-Iran Misperceptions: A Critical Dialogue, edited by John Tirman and Abbas Maleki, Bloomsbury, 2014.