Ranin Kazemi

Ranin Kazemi

Associate Professor
Office: AL 515
Email: [email protected]


Ph.D. in History, Yale University (2013)

M.Phil. and M.A. History, Yale University (2008)

M.A. History, The Ohio State University (2005)

B.A. English and History, Middle Tennessee State University (2002)

Ranin Kazemi holds a Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master’s degree from the Ohio State University, and two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Yale University. His academic interests – very broadly speaking – center on social, economic, and environmental history with a special focus on the Middle East and North Africa. He is also interested in comparative and global history, and world regions such as the Caucasus and Central and South Asia.

Kazemi has published several lengthy, monographic articles in peer reviewed scholarly journals such as The Historian, Iranian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Modern Asian Studies, the Journal of Persianate Studies, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He is currently working on a series of articles about the history of food, famine, protest, and recreational drugs in early modern and modern Iran, and a book manuscript entitled The Ecology of Conflict: Privation, Protest, and Populism in Qajar Iran, 1850-1892. This book project traces the social, economic, and political origins of one of the most influential and earliest revolutionary movements in the modern Middle East.

Kazemi has conducted archival work in Iran, Turkey, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and several key places in the US. His research has been sponsored by a number of national and international organizations and institutions including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the International Institute of Social History, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the American Research Institute in Turkey, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, and the Yale University Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

At SDSU, Kazemi teaches a variety of courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels in world/global history, historical methods and research, the history of social protest and popular movements, the global history of everyday objects, and the history of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. He is also the Director of International Business at SDSU, an interdisciplinary program that is consistently ranked among the top undergraduate International Business Programs in the U.S. Before joining the History Department at SDSU in 2015, Kazemi taught at Yale University and Kansas State University.

Journal Articles

Ranin Kazemi, “The Modern Silk Road: Trade in Persian Opium across Central Asia in the Long Nineteenth Century,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (Published online: September 5, 2022): https://doi.org/10.1080/13530194.2022.2113502.

Ranin Kazemi, “Doctoring the Body and Exciting the Soul: Drugs and Consumer Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Iran,” Modern Asian Studies, 54.2 (March 2020): 554-617: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X17000749.

Ranin Kazemi, “Epidemics and Revolutions: The Case of Iran and the Middle East in the Late Nineteenth Century,” The Historian, 80.4 (2018): pp. 749-790:  https://doi.org/10.1111/hisn.13001.

Ranin Kazemi, “The Black Winter of 1860-61: War, Famine, and the Political Ecology of Disasters in Qajar Iran,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 37.1 (2017): pp. 24-48: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-3821285.

Ranin Kazemi, “Of Diet and Profit: On the Question of Subsistence Crises in Nineteenth-Century Iran,” Middle Eastern Studies, 52.2 (2016): pp. 335-358: https://doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2015.1119123.

Ranin Kazemi, “Tobacco, Eurasian Trade, and the Early Modern Iranian Economy,” Iranian Studies 49.4 (2016): pp. 613-633: https://doi.org/10.1080/00210862.2015.1022337.

Ranin Kazemi, ed, (Guest Editor) “Symposium on Popular Resistance in the Persianate World,” Journal of Persianate Studies, 7.2 (2014): pp. 177-293.

Ranin Kazemi, “The Tobacco Protest in Nineteenth-Century Iran: The View from a Provincial Town,” Journal of Persianate Studies, 7.2 (2014): pp. 249-293: https://doi.org/10.1163/18747167-12341274.

Ranin Kazemi, “Popular Resistance in the Persianate World: Subalterns, Outlaws, and Radicals in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Persianate Studies, 7.2 (2014): pp. 177-186: https://doi.org/10.1163/18747167-12341271.