Ph.D. Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
M.A. Political Science, Stanford University, 1975
A.B. Political Science, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1974
Research Interests: Comparative social movements; comparative political economy; regime change in Iran
Currently, Professor Zirakzadeh is exploring the notion of the “Green Movement” in Iran. In particular, he is interested in how the U.S. press has chosen to interpret the protests known today as the Green movement, and the ways that the interpretation perpetuates and breaks with American nationalist myths about legitimate revolution (as the United States justifies its existence and policies in terms of a narrative about a good revolution). Zirakzadeh, secondarily, is curious about President Obama’s unexpected re-interpretation of the Iranian Green movement, because the president chose to depart from what major news outlets were claiming. Zirakzadeh expects that this exploration of American newspaper coverage of Iranian protests will result in a chapter for a forthcoming book with Routledge press that is tentatively titled The Interpretation of Movements: Specters, Resonance, and Subversion.