Houchang Chehabi is a professor of International Relations and History at Boston University, and has been concurrently teaching at Harvard University since 1987. Although he is a leading expert in history with specializations in Middle Eastern politics and cultural history, Shiism, and international law, his main research focuses on the history of Iran and surrounding countries.
He previously taught at Oxford and UCLA and impressively acquired fellowships with both the Alexander von Humboldt and Woodrow Wilson foundations. Chehabi received both his MA and PhD from Yale University and has written numerous articles, book reviews, and translations.
He published two books, Iranian Politics and Religious Modernism: the Liberation Movement of Iran Under the Shah and Khomeini (1990) and Distant Relations: Iran and Lebanon in the Last 500 Years (2006). He also co-edited Politics, Society, and Democracy: Comparative Studies (1995); Sultanistic Regimes (1998); Iran’s Constitutional Revolution: Popular Politics, Cultural Transformations, and Transnational Connections (2010); and Iran and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century: Essays in Honour of Mohammad-Reza Djalili (2013).