Areas of Expertise
Comparative and international thought, liberalism in modern Iran, democratic theory, U.S. and Iran relations, diplomatic theory and practice
Hussein Banai’s research is focused on Iran’s political development as well as on U.S. and Iran relations. He is working on a book manuscript on the tortuous path of liberal thought-practices in modern Iran, provisionally titled, “Hidden Liberalism in Modern Iran.” He has co-convened on a critical oral history project -- along with colleagues at Brown University, MIT, the George Washington University and the University of Waterloo -- on U.S. and Iran relations since 2007. The project brings together former Iranian and American officials, scholars, journalists and other interested parties to explore missed opportunities and breakthroughs in U.S. and Iran relations since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.