Fakhreddin Azimi is a professor of history at the University of Connecticut and has been a Fellow of the University’s Humanities Institute. In addition to courses on Iran and the Middle East, his teaching has included graduate courses on historiography and the epistemology of history.
An internationally recognized scholar specializing in the politics, society and culture of modern Iran, Dr. Azimi is particularly renowned for his expertise on the Iranian civic nationalist movement and on the life and times of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddeq. His recent work in English on this topic has included "Unseating Mosaddeq: The Configuration and Role of Domestic Forces", in Mark J. Gasiorowski and Malcolm Byrne (eds.), Mohammad Mosaddeq and the Coup of 1953 in Iran, (Syracuse University Press 2004).
Dr. Azimi earned his B.A. in political science from the School of Law and Political Science, Tehran University, his M. Sc. from London University, and his doctorate in history from Oxford University in 1985. He has conducted extensive research in Iranian, British and US archives and has written widely on modern Iran, both in English and Persian. He has been a regular contributor to Encyclopaedia Iranica and his articles in Persian have appeared in various scholarly-intellectual journals, most notably Negah-e Nou.
Professor Azimi has completed a major book in English - currently in press - on the history and politics of Iran since 1906. He is also the author of the following books:
- Iran: The Crisis of Democracy, 1941-53, (St. Martin's, New York 1989 and I. B. Tauris, London 1989), translated into Persian as Bohran-e Demokrasi dar Iran, 1320-1332, (revised, with a new introduction, Tehran 1994).
- Hakemiyat-e melli va doshmanan-e an (National Sovereignty and Its Enemies: Probing the Record of Mosaddeq's Opponents), (Tehran 2004).
In addition to preparation of the original proposal for the project, Prof. Azimi's contributions are expected to include overseeing the overall historical integrity and accuracy of the documentary as well as writing the script on which it will be based.