Topics of Interest:
Oil, Society and Politics; Historical Sociology of Warfare; Politics of Property Relations; Urban Process and Spatial Change in Middle East Cities; and PE and Geopolitics of Post-Revolution Iran.
Countries/Regions of Interest:
Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf
List of Publications
Kaveh Ehsani. “Oil, state, and society in Iran in the aftermath of WWI”, in The First World War and its Aftermath: The Shaping of the Middle East”, edited by Thomas Fraser, (London & Chicago: Gingko Library Press, 2015): 191-212.
Kaveh Ehsani. “The cultural politics of public space in Tehran’s Book Fair”, in Houchang Chehabi, Peyman Jafari, Maral Jefroudi eds. Iran in the Middle East: Transnational Encounters and Social History (London: I.B.Tauris, 2015): 213-234
Touraj Atabaki, Kaveh Ehsani. “Oil and beyond: Expanding British imperial aspirations, emerging oil capitalism, and the challenge of social questions in the First World War”, in The World During the First World War, edited by Helmut Bley and Anorthe Kremers (Essen: Klarte Verlag, 2014), 261-290.
* A German translation of this book has been published by the same publisher
Kaveh Ehsani. “Politics of property in the Islamic Republic of Iran”. In Said Amir-Arjomand and Nathan Brown, editors. The Rule of Law, Islam, and Constitutional Politics in Egypt and Iran (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013): 158-178.
Kaveh Ehsani, Arang Keshavarzian, Norma Claire Moruzzi. “Slaps in the face of reason”, in The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel (New York: Melville House): 29-36
* The original and longer version appeared as “Tehran, June 2009”. Middle East Report Online ( July 2009) http://www.merip.org/mero/mero062809.html
Kaveh Ehsani. “The urban provincial periphery in Iran: revolution and war in Ramhormoz”. In Ali Gheissari, editor. Contemporary Iran (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009): 38-76.
Kaveh Ehsani. “Iḏeh”. Encyclopedia Iranica (Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2008)
available online at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/ideh
Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:
Kaveh Ehsani. “War and Resentment: Critical Reflections on the Legacies of the Iran-Iraq War”, Middle East Critique, Special issue on the Iran Iraq War. 26:1 (Winter 2017). Forthcoming
Kaveh Ehsani. “Pipeline Politics in Iran: Relations of Power and Property, Dispossession and Distribution”. South Atlantic Quarterly. 116:2 (Spring 2017). Forthcoming
Kaveh Ehsani. “Radical Democratic Politics and Public Space”, International Journal of Middle East Studies 46:1 (February 2014): 159-162
Kaveh Ehsani. “Rural Society and Agricultural Development in Post-Revolution Iran.”, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies. 15:1 (2006):79-96
Kaveh Ehsani. “Social Engineering and the Contradictions of Modernization in Khuzestan’s Company Towns”. International Review of Social History. Vol.48 (2003): 361-399
Kaveh Ehsani. “Islam, Modernity, and National Identity”. Middle East Insight, 11:5
Scholarly Articles in Non-Peer Reviewed Journals:
Kaveh Ehsani. “The geography of citizenship: The politics of public space in Tehran’s International Book Fair”, Goftogu, No.64 (Summer 2014): 79-98 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Urban Life Seen through Cinema”
Filmed essays. Online Film Library. Asia Pacific Films. Honollulu. 2011
Kaveh Ehsani. “Privatizing the Commons in the Islamic Republic”. Goftogu. No.56. (Fall 2010): 49-66 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Nuclear Dreams- Genealogy of Grand Development Projects in Modern
Iran”. Goftogu. No.54 (Fall 2009) (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani, Arang Keshavarzian, Norma Claire Moruzzi. “Tehran, June 2009”. Middle East Report Online. http://www.merip.org/mero/mero062809.html , July 2009
Kaveh Ehsani. “Survival through Dispossession; Privatization of Public Goods in the Islamic Republic”. Middle East Report. No.250 (Spring 2009): 26-33
Kaveh Ehsani. “American Politics and Iranian Interests”. Goftogu. No.50 (2007): 152-64 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Iran: The Populist Threat to Democracy.” Middle East Report, No.241 (Winter 2006): 4-9.
Kaveh Ehsani. “Agrarian Change and Rural Community in Iran after the Revolution.” Goftogu. No.46 (2006): 77-101 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani, Azam Khatam, Arang Keshavarzian. “Editors’ Introduction: The Myth of the Bazaar”. Goftogu. No.41(2005): 3-10 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “From Political Critique to Historiography: The Development of an Industrial Bourgeoisie in Iran”. Goftogu. No.41(2005): 109-26 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Is the City Still for Sale? The Continuing Saga of Tehran’s International Exhibition”. Goftogu. No.39 (2004): 130-138 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Modernization and Social Engineering in Company Towns”. Goftogu.
No.25 (1999): 9-46 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “High Stakes for Iran”. Middle East Report. No.226 (2003): 38-41
Kaveh Ehsani. “Either with us or with the Terrorists: ‘The Evil Axis’ and American
Foreign Policy”. Goftogu. No.33 (2002): 112-23 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Democracy’s Strategies”. Aftab. No.16 (2002): 10-17 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “A City for Sale; Property Taxes, Real Estate Speculation, and
Democratic Urban Governance in Tehran”. Goftogu. No.33 (2002): 100-105 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Editor’s Introduction: Special Issue on Political Economy”. Goftogu.
No.28 (2000): 3-9 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Water Crisis, Abadan’s Crisis”. Goftogu. No.27 (2000): 162-72 (in
Kaveh Ehsani. “Do-e Khordad and the Specter of Democracy; Guest Editor Introduction to Special Issue on Iran’s Reform Movement”; Middle East Report, No.212 (Fall 1999):
Kaveh Ehsani. “Municipal Matters: Tehran’s Political Economic Transformation”.
Middle East Report No.212 (Fall 1999): 22-27
Kaveh Ehsani and Mohammadreza Pourparviz. “Revolution and War in Ramhormoz:
Evaluation of a Provincial Experience”. Goftogu. No.25 (1999): 95-120 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Tilt but Don’t Spill: Iran’s Development and Reconstruction Dilemma”.
Middle East Report. No.191 (November/December 1994): 16-21
Mostafa Azkia, Kaveh Ehsani. “Social Aspects of River Irrigation in Khuzestan, part 2”.
Ketab-e Tose’eh, No.3 (1992): 96-107 (in Persian)
Mostafa Azkia, Kaveh Ehsani. “Social Aspects of River Irrigation in Khuzestan, part 1”. Ketab-e Tose’eh, No.2 (1990): 107-12 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “What next for Iran and the P5+1?”, Viewpoints No. 67 (Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, November 2014): 4-5.
Editorial Board (co-authored essay, including contribution by Kaveh Ehsani).
“Handshakes in Geneva”, Middle East Report, November 2013.
Kaveh Ehsani. “US Dialogue with Tehran could also Help Curb Bloodshed in War-Torn
Syria”, Global Times (Beijing), October 27, 2013.
Kaveh Ehsani. “The Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges of the New Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani”, Viewpoints No.30 (Washington DC, Woodrow Wilson
Center for Scholars, June 2013): 7
Kaveh Ehsani. “Foreseeing Transformations in the Arab World”. Andishe-ye Pouya No.2
(July/August 2012): 129-31 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Goftogu is not an Arena for a Cult of Personality”, Andishe-ye Pouya No.11
(Fall 2013): 160. (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Authoritarian Rule and Development by Stages: Industrial Growth Poles, Development Planning, and their Social and Historical Footprint”, Mehrnameh, No.25 (October 2012): 193-96 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “Privatization or Accumulation by Dispossession? Privatization is not a Solution for an Ailing Economy”. Alborz. http://www.alborznet.ir/Fa/ViewDetail.aspx?T=2&ID=123 . March 2009 (in Persian)
Kaveh Ehsani. “The Politics of Public Space.” Beirut Review. August 7, 2004
Kaveh Ehsani. (2004) “Round 2 for Iran’s Reformists”. Middle East Report Online (2004) http://www.merip.org/mero/mero012904.html
Book Reviews (since 2009):
The Iranian Political Language, by Yadollah Shahibzadeh (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World, 2016 (forthcoming)
Dubai; The City as Corporation, by Ahmed Kanna (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and Dubai; Gilded Cage, by Syed Ali (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010), Middle East Reads; http://www.middleeastreads.com/?p=348
Town and Country in the Middle East, by Mohammad Chaichian (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2009), Iranian Studies (Winter 2012)
Life as Politics, by Asef Bayat (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2009), Middle East Reads; February 2011, http://www.middleeastreads.com/?p=276
Books & Book Chapters in Progress:
Touraj Atabaki, Elisabetta Bini, Kaveh Ehsani editors. (book manuscript) Working for Oil: Comparative Social Histories of Labor in the Oil Industry, (Palgrave MacMillan. Expected publication 2017)
Kaveh Ehsani. (book chapter). “Invisible work: why is the role of labor missing in the literature on oil?”. In Working for Oil: Comparative Social Histories of Labor in the Oil Industry, Touraj Atabaki, Elisabetta Bini, Kaveh Ehsani eds. (under contract with Palgrave McMillan, expected publication 2017)
Kaveh Ehsani. (book chapter). “Privatizing the commons: oil contracts, state land registries, and the demise of pastoral and agrarian societies in southwestern Iran” in Hadi Enayat editor, Rule of Law and the Politics of the Judiciary in Iran, (manuscript in preparation for submission to Cambridge University Press)
Kaveh Ehsani. (book manuscript in progress). The Social and Urban History of Oil: Abadan and the Making of Modernity in Iran.
Kaveh Ehsani is assistant professor of International Studies, and director of graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He has been a longstanding member of the editorial boards of the journals Goftogu (Dialogue) in Tehran, Middle East Report (Merip), and more recently of Iranian Studies. He is a regular media commentator about domestic and international Iranian politics.
He is preparing two books for publication, “The Urban Life of Oil: Abadan and the Making of Modernity in Iran” (manuscript in preparation); and an edited collection titled “Working for Oil: Comparative Social Histories of Labor in the Global Oil Industry”, co-edited with Touraj Atabaki and Elisabetta Bini. (Palgrave McMillan Publishers, Forthcoming in 2017)
His current research is about the historical and contemporary impact of oil on society and politics; the historical sociology of warfare; the politics of property relations; the urban process and spatial change in Middle East cities; and on the political economy and geopolitics of post-revolution Iran.
His most recent academic publications include: “Pipeline Politics in Iran”, South Atlantic Quarterly (forthcoming Winter 2017); “War and Resentment: Critical Reflections on the Legacies of the Iran-Iraq War” Critique (Forthcoming 2017); “Oil, state, and society in Iran in the aftermath of WWI”, in The First World War and its Aftermath: The Shaping of the Middle East”, ed. Thomas Fraser, (London: Haus Publishers & Gingko Library, 2015); “The cultural politics of public space in Tehran’s Bookfair”, in Houchang Chehabi, et.al. eds. Iran in the Middle East: Transnational Encounters and Social History (London: I.B.Tauris, 2015); “Oil and beyond: Expanding British imperial aspirations, emerging oil capitalism, and the challenge of social questions in the First World War”, in The World During the First World War, edited by Helmut Bley and Anorthe Kremers (Essen: Klarte Verlag, 2014), 261-290, co-authored with Touraj Atabaki; “Radical democracy and public space”, International Journal of Middle East Studies 46:1 (February 2014); “Politics of Property in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, in S. Amir-Arjomand & Nathan Brown, eds. The Rule of Law, Islam, and Constitutional Politics in Egypt and Iran (Albany: SUNY Press, 2013).