Eric Hooglund is Lund University’s international academic expert of contemporary Iran (1945 to the present), a country about which he has been researching, teaching and writing since the early 1970s. His most recent books, Gender in Contemporary Iran (co-edited with Roksana Bahramitash, Routledge, 2011) and Navigating Contemporary Iran: Challenging Economic, Social & Political Perceptions (co-edited with Leif Stenberg, Routledge, forthcoming, January 2012), reflect his broad interdisciplinary research interests and complements his previous publications—five books and over 100 articles, which examine diverse aspects of Iranian culture, government, history, international relations, literature, migration, political economy, sociology, and religion. Although trained as a political scientist (MA and PhD degrees in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University), his best-known work falls in the category of rural political economy and sociology: Land and Revolution in Iran (University of Texas Press, 1982; Persian translation, Shirzeh Press, 2002); and numerous articles, including most recently, “Thirty Years of Islamic Revolution in Rural Iran,” Middle East Report, no. 250 (spring 2009).
Prof. Hooglund has a long-standing commitment to the development of Middle East studies. For more than a decade he was a member of the editorial collective of MERIP Middle East Report, later was editor of The Middle East Journal and since 1995 has been editor of Middle East Critique, a scholarly journal whose academic home became the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the fall of 2010. He also has worked for several Middle East-focused non-governmental organizations, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the National Security Archive, and the Institute for Palestine Studies. His teaching experience includes Bates and Bowdoin colleges in Maine, Ohio State University, the University of California at Berkeley, St. Antony’s College of Oxford University, Shiraz University in Iran, and Middle East Technical University in Turkey. His recent publications include: ‘Iran,’ in the Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics (ed. by Joel Krieger, Oxford University Press, forthcoming); Iran, A Country Study, co-edited with Glenn Curtis (Library of Congress, 2008); Encyclopaedia of the Modern Middle East, associate editor for Iran and Turkey (Gale Thomsen, 2007); “Iran, Wary Neutral,” in The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences, edited by R. Fawn & R. Hinnebusch (Lynne Rienner, 2006); Encyclopaedia of the Modern Middle East, 2nd ed., co-edited with Philip Mattar, et al. (Gale-Thomson, 2004); and Twenty Tears of Islamic Revolution: Political and Social Transition in Iran Since 1979 (Syracuse University Press, 2002).