Mehrdad Mozayyan

Associate Professor - Chair - college standing committee for curriculum review

Dr. Mozayyan completed his early education in Europe, after which he moved to the United States where he received his university education: (MBA 1994, PhD 2004). Before completing his PhD, he worked in senior management and consulting positions for major US corporations, with responsibilities extending to Switzerland, Mexico, and Japan. After 2001, he focused on academia, when he completed his dissertation and taught courses in Europe and the United States.


University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D.,  political Science

MBA, Strategic Management (the Wharton School)

MA,    International Relations

BA,     dual degree in Economics & Political Science

Personal Interests: 

history, astronomy, music, chess, wildlife and nature conservancy



English, French, Farsi, and basic working knowledge of Spanish

Research and Professional Activities



  • Persian students in 19th Century Europe: Contributions of a European Education to Iran’s Early Modernization

Teaching Areas

Graduate Courses taught:

IR theory

The United States and the Middle East

Collaborative Mgmt. for decision making in national security

Undergraduate courses taught:

International Relations theory

Comparative politics

US Foreign Relations

Int’l Relations of the Gulf states

Politics of Oil

World Regions (North America)

History of the 20th Century

The Gulf in Int’l politics

Leadership (a seminar taught to UAE ambassadors)

Sample of publications:

  • “Sovereign Wealth Funds: Prospects & Perspectives,” focusing on the Arab economies of the Gulf,

        AME Info., 09/2008, Reprinted 2009

  • “Glory in Defeat and other Islamist Ideologies,” Armed Groups: Studies in National Security,

     Counterterrorism, and Counterinsurgency; Jeffrey H. Norwitz, (ed.), Naval War College, Newport,

     2008 (Reprinted in 2009 as Pirates, Terrorists, and Warlords: Skyhorse Publishing, New York, NY)