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10/10/11

Statement regarding the death of Dr. Mehrdad Mashayekhi

It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the passing of our distinguished friend and colleague, the Iranian-American sociologist Dr. Mehrdad Mashayekhi.  A prominent political analyst and public intellectual, Mehrdad Mashayekhi died Wednesday October 5, 2011, at his home in Vienna, Virginia.

Dr. Mehrdad Mashayekhi
The late Dr. Mehrdad Mashayekhi

Dr. Mashayekhi was born in 1953 in Tehran and had lived in the U.S. since 1972. He received his B.A in economics from Case Western Reserve University (1976) and Ph.D in sociology from the American University (1979).

Dr. Mashayekhi was a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Georgetown University and University of Maryland, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses on political sociology, globalization, social change and development, social inequality, social movements, and the process of democratization in the Middle East. In the past, he also taught at George Mason University and St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Dr. Mashayekhi's research was focused on student movements, Islamic reformism, civil society and democratization, political culture, and current political affairs.  As a prolific writer and acute analyst of contemporary Iranian political affairs, he was a regular contributor to Iranian media inside and outside Iran.  He was a frequent speaker in political forums in universities and served as an analyst of Iranian events in Persian diasporic media as well as Voice of America, BBC, Deutche Welle, and French and Australian media outlets. 

Dr. Mashayekhi was coeditor of Political Culture in the Islamic Republic (Routledge, 1992) and author of “Culture of Mistrust: A Sociological Analysis of Iranian Political Culture” in the Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought (2006).  His books in Persian include Towards Democracy a Secular Republic in Iran: Essays in Political Sociology (2007), and Iranian Green Movement and Rainbow Democracy (2010). He also participated in numerous panels and presented papers at the American Sociological Association, Middle East Studies Association, and the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis.

Dr. Mashayekhi is survived by his wife Fataneh Afrashteh Mashayekhi. We offer our condolences to his wife, parents, siblings, colleagues, and students.

The Iranian intellectual community has lost one of its most passionate and articulate voices for social justice and democratic change.  His legacy of political activism and progressive analysis of Iranian politics and society is cherished by his many students, fellow activists, and colleagues inside and outside Iran.

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