Acadamic Profile

ِEmployment

  • Head of the Middle East and Central Asia Desk, International Institute of Social History.
  • Chair of Social History of the Middle East and Central Asia, Leiden University, School of the Middle Eastern Studies, 2006-present
  • Endowed Chair of Social History of the Middle East and Central Asia, University of Amsterdam, Department of History, 2001-2006
  • Associate Professor, Utrecht University, Department of Eastern Languages and Cultures, 1991-2006.
  • Senior University Teaching Qualification, Utrecht University, 2005.
  • Senior Qualification University Research, Utrecht University, 2005.
  • Assistant Professor, Utrecht University, Department of Eastern Languages and Cultures, 1987-1991.

ِVisiting Fellowship

  • Visiting Professor, Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan, Spring 2012 and 2013.
  • Visiting Professor, European University, Summer Program, Budapest, Hungary, Summer 2005.
  • Iranian Heritage Foundation Fellow, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, Britain, 2003-2004.
  • Visiting Professor, European University, Summer Program, Budapest, Hungary, Summer 2004.
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, the Middle East Centre, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Britain, Fall 1998.
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, June1996.
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences, Baku, Azerbaijan, Spring 1995.
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Tajikistan Academy of Sciences, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Spring 1995.’

Honorary Positions

  • Member of the Board of Consulting Editors of the International Labour and Working-Class History, 2009-present
  • Member Editorial Board of the International Journal of Iranian Studies, 2003 – Present
  • Member of the Academic Committee of the International Institute of Asian Studies, 2003-2009
  • Director of European Council of the International Institute of Persian Speaking Societies, 2000-2003
  • Member Council of the Society for Iranian Studies, 2001-2003
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Central Asian Survey, 2008-present
  • President European Society for Central Asian Studies, 1998-2000
  • Secretary European Society for Central Asian Studies, 1991-1998
  • Member Editorial Board, Newsletter of the International Institute for Asian Studies, 2001-2003.
  • Member Editorial Board, International Journal of Azerbaijani Studies, 1998- present
  • Member the Executive Committee of the International Convention of Asia Scholars, 1996-2002
  • Consultant for BBC World Service on the current affairs of Iran, Central Asia and the Caucasus, 1988-present
  • Consultant for Radio France International on the current affairs of Iran, Central Asia and the Caucasus, 1999-present
  • Consultant for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the current affairs of Iran, Central Asia and the Caucasus, 2000-present
  • International observer, Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), monitoring the parliamentary election in Kazakhstan, 1994
  • International observer (OSCE), monitoring the parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan, 1995
  • International observer (OSCE), monitoring the parliamentary election in Azerbaijan, 1995
  • International observer (OSCE), monitoring the parliamentary election in Albania, 1996
  • International observer (OSCE), monitoring the president election in Ukraine, 1999
  • International supervisor (OSCE), supervising the municipal election in Kosovo, 2000
  • International observer (OSCE), monitoring the presidential election in Armenia, 2003

Membership

  • Member of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), 1989 – present
  • Member of the Societas Iranologica Europaea (SIE), 1989 – present
  • Member of the International Society for Iranian Studies (SIS), 1987 – present
  • Member of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS), 1985 – present

Organized Confeences

  • Asian Historiographies and Political Regimes. Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (with Prof Willem van Schendel and Dr. Ratna Saptari), December 2005.
  • Historiography and Political Culture in Twentieth-Century Iran. University of Oxford, Wadham College, September 2004.
  • Young Movements in the History of the South. South-South Exchange Program for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS), Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, October 2003.
  • The Triumphs and Travails of Authoritarian Modernization in Turkey and Iran. Twentieth-Century History from Below. International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, September 2003.
  • Repression, Deportation and Forced Migration in the Caucasus. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Centre for Documents and Diplomatic History, Tehran, Iran, May 2003.
  • Repression, Deportation and Forced Labor in the Caucasus 1920-1950 Tbilisi Institute of Asian Studies, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, October 2002.
  • Repression in the Caucasus 1920-1950. Ministry of Information of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, July 2001.
  • Twentieth-Century Iran, History from Below. International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, May 2000.
  • Authoritarian Modernization in Turkey and Iran. International Institute of Social History, (with Prof. Erik Jan Zürcher), Amsterdam, May 1999.
  • The First World War in Iran University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College, the Middle East Centre, March 1998.
  • Islam, Soviet Legacy and Civil Society in Central Asia. Utrecht University, Department of Eastern Languages and Cultures, October 1997.
  • Comintern and its Southern Neighbors. Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, May 1997.
  • Kurdistan in Search of Ethnic Identity. Utrecht University, Department of Eastern Languages and Cultures, June 1990.
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