Afshin Matin-Asgari, Ph.D.

Outstanding Professor Award, 2015-16
Los Angeles
Department of History

My most successful teaching moments are when I draw on my research interests and personal background to enhance my students’ critical understanding of Middle East history.

Distinguished historian Afshin Matin-Asgari specializes in 20th-century Middle East, modern Iran, and modern Islamic political and intellectual movements.

Dr. Matin-Asgari was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the U.S. after high school. In the U.S. he participated in the student movement against Iran’s monarchist regime. Matin-Asgari returned to Iran in 1978 during the revolution that overthrew the monarchy, but he did not support the post-revolutionary regime and returned to the U.S.

In 1993, Matin-Asgari received a doctoral degree in Middle East history from UCLA. His dissertation was published in 2001 as the book, Iranian Student Opposition to the Shah. At Cal State LA, he teaches courses in Middle East history, world history, Islam, and comparative religion. Matin-Asgari has published 20 articles and book chapters.