Montazeri: The Life and Thought of Iran's Revolutionary Ayatollah, Cambridge University Press, 2017. The book was selected as the winner of the 2018 Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Biennial Book Award.
“20 Fingers: Personal or Political?” Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia, Vol. 3, Summer 2016, pp. 141-159.
“The Flock of a Shepherd or the Sovereign Citizen: Ayatollah Montazeri on the Role of the People, The Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 39, no. 4, Summer 2016
“Human Rights and a Dissident Grand Ayatollah,” The Journal of Muslim People, Muslim World, Jul 2016, Vol. 106 Issue 3, p 605-625
"Constructing Iran's National Identity: Three Discourses" in Kamran Agha'i ed., Rethinking Iranian Nationalism, 2014
"Iran," Oxford Islamic Studies Online, co-author, Shahrough Akhavi, January 2012
"Liberal Nationalism vs. Pre-Islamic/Persian Nationalism," Mehr Nameh, Nov/Dec/ issue, 2010,
"Ayatollah Misbah-Yazdi: A voice of Authoritarian Islam," Muslim World, Vol. 100, No. 1, 2010, pp. 124-144
"Ayatollah Khomeini and the Contemporary Debate on Freedom", Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford University Press, No. 18, 2007, pp. 14-42
State, Society, and Change in the M.E.
Film, Literature, and Politics of the Third World
Modern Political Thought
Community service & Involvement
Throughout my years at Trinity I have participated in the life of the university in various ways. First and foremost I have enjoyed guiding my students in and out of the classroom. I have been on various committees such as: the Faculty Senate, the University Curriculum Council, the Promotion and Tenure Commission and the "Difficult Dialogue" founding group. Currently I am once again a member of the Senate. I have also enjoyed my engagement with academic and non-academic organizations outside Trinity. I have given presentations on Middle East and Iranian political system, my area of expertise, in venues such as UTSA, St. Mary's University, World Affairs Council, and Rotary Club. My expertise on the Middle East, and particularly on Iran with its confusing political system, has made it possible for me to contribute to the intellectual life of the San Antonio community. I also love my connection with our alumni. Watching my former students as they blossom into successful and capable members of larger communities has given me tremendous pleasure.