Mariam Habibi, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor at the American Graduate School in Paris

Fields of expertise

  • History and Politics of the Middle East

  • Diplomatic History: French Diplomacy in the Middle East in the 20th century with an emphasis on Iran, British Diplomacy in the Middle East with an emphasis on the1950's in relation to Iran, Russian Diplomacy (turn of the century) in relation to Iran

  • The European Union

  • Twentieth Century French History with an emphasis on topics such as immigration, colonialism (Africa), Islam


  • Ph.D. (Doctorat) in 20th Century History, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France

  • DEA (Master) in 20th Century History, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France

  • M.A. in Contemporary European History, University of London, UK

  • B.A. in Economics & Politics (joint degree), Lancaster University, UK

    Other current posts

    • IES (Institute for International Education): courses on French politics and society (since 2011)

    • American University of Washington in Paris: courses on France and Islam (since 2007)
    • University of California in Paris, Education Abroad Program (since 2005)

    • University of Southern California in Paris: courses France and the EU (since 2005)

    Previous experience

    • New York University in Paris: courses on France and the EU; France and Islam (2001-2013)

    • Columbia University in Paris: courses on French political identity (2001-2004)

    • Workshop Leader for the International Baccalaureate Program for The International Baccalaureate Organization and Inthinking

    Selected publications


    • Interface France-Iran 1907-1938 : une diplomatie voilée (Paris: L’Harmattan 2004)

    • Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform and Revolution, Choices Education, Watson Institute, 2007 (in collaboration with the academic team at the Watson Institute, Brown University)

    • History: A Course Companion (in co-authorship) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010

    • Authoritarian States, IB Course companion (in co-authorship), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015


    • "L'interface France-Iran"in L'Iran et la France Aujourd'hui, Hier et Demain (Europerse, 2008)

    • "France and the Anglo-Russian Accords: the discreet missing link" in Iran XLI 2003

    • "Mission Militaire Française en Iran"in Sociétés et Cultures Musulmanes d'hier et d'aujourd'hui (Numéro 10 Février 1996)

    Conference papers

    • Brown University, Watson Institute, Providence (RI), 2008

    • Institut Européen de Recherches Stratégiques sur l'Iran (European Institute for Strategic Studies on Iran, IERSI), Paris, 2007

    • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (French National Center for Scientific Research), Paris, 2000

    • Association Française pour l'Etude du Monde Arabe et Musulman (French Association for Arabic and Muslim Studies, AFEMAM), Strasbourg, 1994

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    Ryan MillsUnited States
    Study Abroad in Paris
    Fall 2015 

    quote leftFrom current issues in the Middle East taught together by an Iranian historian and an Israelli journalist, to NGO management taught by the director of Human Rights Watch in France, every class was fascinating and taught by some of the most impressive people I could ever have imagined. I immediately felt at home in this small but active AGS community because, although students and professors are all from different parts of the world, everyone takes the time to understand each other's perspective. Overall, I would recommend AGS to anyone with a thirst for intellectual stimulation and a drive to not only understand the world of international relations, but engage in it..quote right

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