Pouya Alimagham is a visiting lecturer at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and a full-time faculty member at MIT’s Department of History. A historian of the modern Middle East, his research interests inter alia focus on contentious politics, social movements, and Islamism. His PhD dissertation, which was awarded the Association for Iranian Studies Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. His other articles and book chapters cover the Arab Spring, Iranian protest music, women in Middle East revolutions, sectarianism, and the psycho-history of post-9/11 discourse.
He has taught a range of courses that focus mostly on the modern period with one also covering early Islamic history, including “Modern Iran: A Century of Revolution,” “The Modern Middle East,” “Islam, the Middle East, and the West,” and “Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.” In the spring of 2019, MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) awarded him the Levitan Teaching Award – an award that was the result of a student-initiated process.