Kaveh Ehsani is assistant professor of International Studies, and director of graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He has been a longstanding member of the editorial boards of the journals Goftogu (Dialogue) in Tehran, Middle East Report (Merip), and more recently of Iranian Studies. He is a regular media commentator about domestic and international Iranian politics.
He is preparing two books for publication, “The Urban Life of Oil: Abadan and the Making of Modernity in Iran” (manuscript in preparation); and an edited collection titled “Working for Oil: Comparative Social Histories of Labor in the Global Oil Industry”, co-edited with Touraj Atabaki and Elisabetta Bini (Palgrave McMillan Publishers, Forthcoming in 2017).
His current research is about the historical and contemporary impact of oil on society and politics; the historical sociology of warfare; the politics of property relations; the urban process and spatial change in Middle East cities; and on the political economy and geopolitics of post-revolution Iran.
TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS
Oil, Society and Politics; Historical Sociology of Warfare; Politics of Property Relations; Urban Process and Spatial Change in Middle East Cities; and PE and Geopolitics of Post-Revolution Iran.
Complex Social Organizations (Markets and Power; Social Classes); Middle East Politics and Society; Globalization; International Politics of Environment (Oil and Society); Reading Marxs Capital; Senior Seminar; Evolution of the Modern State; Multiculturalism
Leiden University; Faculty of Social Sciences, PhD, 2014
University of Massachusetts-Amherst , MA in Regional Planning, 1987
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, BA in Economics, 1983
“Pipeline Politics in Iran”, South Atlantic Quarterly
(forthcoming Winter 2017); “War and Resentment: Critical Reflections on the Legacies of the Iran-Iraq War” Critique
(Forthcoming 2017); “Oil, state, and society in Iran in the aftermath of WWI”, in The First World War and its Aftermath: The Shaping of the Middle East
”, ed. Thomas Fraser, (London: Haus Publishers & Gingko Library, 2015); “The cultural politics of public space in Tehran’s Bookfair”, in Houchang Chehabi, et.al. eds. Iran in the Middle East: Transnational Encounters and Social History
(London: I.B.Tauris, 2015); “Oil and beyond: Expanding British imperial aspirations, emerging oil capitalism, and the challenge of social questions in the First World War”, in The World During the First World War
, edited by Helmut Bley and Anorthe Kremers (Essen: Klarte Verlag, 2014), 261-290, co-authored with Touraj Atabaki; “Radical democracy and public space”, International Journal of Middle East Studies
46:1 (February 2014); “Politics of Property in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, in S. Amir-Arjomand & Nathan Brown, eds. The Rule of Law, Islam, and Constitutional Politics in Egypt and Iran
(Albany: SUNY Press, 2013).
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