What Are Iranians Dreaming About Today?

Reflections on the Islamic Revolution at 40

Kian Tajbakhsh

Moderated by Navid Zarrinnal

March 14, 2019 · 12-1PM

Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411

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About the Speaker

Kian Tajbakhsh (Ph.D. Columbia 1993) is Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. In this role, Dr. Tajbakhsh works on university-wide initiatives focused on global migration. He is also a professor of Urban Planning and Urban Studies, focusing on questions of local governance and democracy, local economic development, spatial planning, and the challenges of global urbanization. His research interests also include the challenges facing cities as well as competing paradigms of world order. He is currently completing a book on local government and democracy in Iran.

Dr. Tajbakhsh’s recent publications include: “What Are Iranians Dreaming about Today? Reflections on the Islamic Revolution at 40” (2019); “Authoritarian State Building through Political Decentralization and Local Government Law” (2019); “Who Wants What from Iran Now? The Post-Nuclear Deal U.S. Policy Debate” (2018); “Hind Swaraj: Reading Gandhi’s Critique of Modernity in Tehran”(2018). He is the author of two books, The Promise of the City (University of California Press 2001), and Social Capital: Trust, Democracy and Development (Tehran 2005). He co-edited the book City Diplomacy: The role of local governments in conflict prevention, peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction (2008 The Hague). Tajbakhsh has also published essays on politics, culture and cinema in Iran and India.


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The seminars take place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall, Room 411 unless otherwise noted.