Shireen T Hunter


Research Professor, ACMCU


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Shireen Hunter is a Research professor at the School of Foreign Service and affiliated with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. From 2007 to 2014 she was a Visiting Professor at the Center and from 2005 to 2007 a visiting scholar working on a project on Reformist Islam funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Before joining the Center she was the director of the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with which she had been affiliated since 1983. She has also had appointments at the Harvard Center for International Affairs (Research Fellow, January to August 1979) and Brookings Institution (Visiting Fellow, August 1979-January 1980.) From 1965 to 1979 she was with the Iranian foreign service serving in London, Geneva and Tehran. She attained the rank of Counselor. Hunter is the author of 10 books and 5 monographs and the editor of 6 books and 4 monographs.

Her latest publications include: God On Our Side: Religion and International Affairs , Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming December 2016; Iran Divided: The Historical Roots of Iranian Debates on Identity , Culture and Governance, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; Iran’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the International Order, Praeger, 2010; Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity, M. E. Sharpe, 2008.

She is also the author of more than 40 book chapters and 40 journal articles. She has contributed regularly to various newspapers in the US and the Middle East as well as appearing in the electronic media and has made presentations in many conferences in the US, Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East. Hunter was educated at Tehran University (BA) London School of Economics, MSc., Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Development Studies, Ph.D.


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  • Ph.D (1983) Graduate Institute of International Studies Geneva, Political Science
  • M.Sc (1971) London School of Economics and Political Science, International Relations
  • B.A. (1964) Tehran University, Law and Political Science


  • Arabic (read, write)
  • Azerbaijani (speak, read, write)
  • Farsi (speak, read, write)
  • French (speak, read, write)