Dr. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar is an assistant professor at the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School. His areas of research include religion and politics, and Middle East politics.
He has been a visiting scholar at George Washington, Cambridge, Harvard, and Columbia Universities. Dr. Tabaar has previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses at George Mason, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities. Currently, he teaches courses on International Politics of the Middle East, Religion and Politics in Iran, and US Foreign Policy in the Persian Gulf at the Bush School.
Dr. Tabaar has written in academic, policy, and media publications on a wide range of Middle Eastern issues. His writings have appeared in PS: Political Science & Politics, Foreign Policy and the New York Times Magazine, among others. His publications include “Assessing (In)Security after the Arab Spring: The Case of Egypt,” “Iran’s Nuclear Politics: Regime Security vs. Factional Interests,” “Iran’s Pragmatic Turn,” “Supreme Showdown in Tehran,” “How Iran Really Sees Turkey,” “Iran's Green Movement and the Grey Strategy of Patience,” “How Iran Sees the Sanctions,” and “Who Wrote the Koran?”
He received his PhD in comparative politics and international relations from Georgetown University, MA in international relations from the University of Chicago, MA in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and BA in social sciences from the University of Tehran. He is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.
He is currently working on a book manuscript about religion, the state, and war in Iran.