Mateo M. Farzaneh smiles into the camera
Professor and Chair; Principal of The Mossadegh Initiative
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5821
History of Iran, the modern Middle East, and the Islamic civilization, political Islam
Courses Taught
Hist 111F: World History: Islam
Hist 275: Wring and Methods for History Majors, topic: World War I and the Middle East
Hist 382: The World in the 20th Century: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues
Hist 392: Problems in History: History of the Modern Middle East
Hist 392: Problems in History: Religion, Culture, and Controversy in the Islamic World
Hist 392: Problems in History: History of Iran
Hist 401: Historiography and Historical Methods
Hist 466: Readings in the 19th Century Islamic Middle East (Graduate Colloquium)
Research Interests
Iranian women and gender in war, Islamic Clerics and Modern Politics; Constitutionalism and Reform; Religious Nationalism

University of California Santa Barbara

History, Ph.D., 2010

Selected Publications


Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War (Syracuse University Press, 2021), Latifeh Yarshater Book Award Honorable Mention by Association for Iranian Studies and Persian Heritage Foundation

"The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani" (Syracuse University Press, 2015), Best First Book Award 2016 by the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta.


“Akhund Khurasani: A Historical Model for Iranian Constitutionalism,” Digest of Middle East Studies (forthcoming)

“Gum shudih-yi dar safihati tarikh,” Sharq, (2012); a Persian language journal published in Iran

“Interregional Rivalry Cloaked in Iraqi Arab Nationalism and Iranian Secular Nationalism and Shi‘ite Ideology,” International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (2009)

“Shi‘i Ideology, Iranian Secular Nationalism, and the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88),” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (2007)

“Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) and the Migration of Iranian Youth to California,” Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West (2005)


An Iranian native, Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh attended high school and college in southern California. After spending seven years in nursing and health care industries, his curiosity led him to pursue a higher education in history. He is quadrilingual, speaking Persian, English, Spanish, and Arabic. Recipient of a number of prestigious awards and fellowships, he taught world and Middle Eastern history at Santa Barbara City College and California State Fullerton before joining NEIU’s History faculty in 2010. 

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