Ranin Kazemi

Ranin Kazemi

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

Ranin Kazemi (Yale University, 2013) 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 center on social, environmental, and economic history with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Caucasus, and Central and South Asia. He is also interested in the history of Islam and other religions in the Middle East, as well as the history of diplomatic relations and civilizational interconnections between the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.  

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

Kazemi has conducted archival work in Iran, Turkey, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and a number of libraries and archives in the US. His research has also been sponsored by 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. 

Kazemi is a senior editor of Iranian Studies, which is the flagship journal of the most important academic society in the West devoted to the study of the Iranian/Persian civilizational area. He has previously served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the most influential academic journal in North America devoted to the study of the modern Middle East. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, a professional organization for international researchers and scholars interested in the culture and civilization of the Persian-speaking societies in and outside of Iran. 

At SDSU, Kazemi teaches a variety of courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels in areas such as world 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 and Central Asia. Ranin is currently the Director of SDSU’s International Business Program. Before joining the History Department at SDSU, Kazemi taught at Yale and Kansas State University.

Articles and Chapters

Ranin Kazemi, “Doctoring the Body and Exciting the Soul: Drugs and Consumer Culture in Early Modern Iran,” Modern Asian Studies, published online August 2019, scheduled for print in early 2020.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.