Ali Ansari, Professor of Iranian History and Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St. Andrews, presented a public lecture, "Rethinking Iranian Nationalism" on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The lecture was the second in the 2010-2011 series, "Changing Notions of State, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination," being held as part of LISD's 10th anniversary celebration events.
In addition to his appointment at St. Andrews, Ansari is Associate Fellow of the Middle East Programme at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). Ansari is the author of Crisis of Authority: Iran's 2009 Presidential Election (RIIA, London, 2010), Iran Under Ahmadinejad (Adelphi Paper, IISS, January 2008), Confronting Iran: The Failure of US Policy and the Roots of Mistrust (Hurst, London, 2006), Modern Iran since 1921: The Pahlavis and After (2nd Edition, Longman, London, 2007), and Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change (2nd Edition, RIIA, London, 2006).
Ansari is currently working on a book for Cambridge University Press entitled, "The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran," and has recently been appointed Editor of the Cambridge History of Iran, volume 8 (The Islamic Republic).