Ali Ansari is a professor of Modern History with reference to the Middle East at St. Andrews University in Scotland, the founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies, as well as an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. Ansari currently resides on the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS). Moreover, he is a regular speaker at conferences and events regarding Iran, including “Iran’s New Parliament” at the New America Foundation. Ansari studied at Col. Brown Cambridge School Dehara Dun, University College London (BA), King’s College London (MA), and obtained his PhD from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Some of his publications include: The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran (2012); Crisis of Authority: Iran’s 2009 Presidential Election (2010); Iran Under Ahmadinejad (Adelphi Papers) (2008); Iran, Islam & Democracy – The Politics of Managing Change (2000); The History of Modern Iran Since 1921: the Pahlavis & After (2003); and Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Roots of Mistrust (2006).