Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 303, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Scientific Imagination and Modern Persian Political Language
  • Memory, History and Historiography
  • Iranian Modernity, Nationalism and Islamism
  • Orientalism and Occidentalism
  • Islamic Modernity


Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi is Professor of Historical Studies, History, and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto-Mississauga (2004-07) and has served as President of the International Society for Iranian Studies (2008-10). In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2001-2012), a Duke University Press journal, he was the Editor of Iran Nameh (2011-2015). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Iran Namag, a bilingual quarterly of Iranian Studies, and is the co-editor of the Iranian Studies book series published by Routledge. With a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, he is the recipient of two Outstanding Teacher awards from Illinois State University (1996 and 2001).  


PhD, University of Chicago