Cyrus Schayegh


Spoken languages
Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Persian, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Global history
  • Cold War
  • Decolonization
  • History of development
  • Historiography
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East


PhD, Columbia University, New York City (2004)

Before joining the Graduate Institute, Cyrus Schayegh was Associate Professor at Princeton University and, in 2005-2008, Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut. His current research focuses mainly on the interplay between post-war globalisation and decolonisation, Arab views of Afro-Asian decolonisation, interwar European inter-imperial cooperation, and historiography. 




  • The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017).
  • Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009).

Edited volumes:

  • The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), co-editored with Andrew Arsan.
  • A Global Middle East: Mobility, Materiality and Culture in the Modern Age, 1880–1940 (London: Tauris, 2014), co-edited with Liat Kozma and Avner Wishnitzer.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters:

  • “The Expanding Overlap of Imperial, International and Transnational Political Activities, 1920s-1930s: a Belgian Case Study,” part of a special issue of International Politics (forthcoming).
  • “Middle Eastern Reflections on the Interplay between Intra-imperial, Trans-Imperial, and Transnational Dimensions of Developmentalism, 1880s-1960s,” in Global Development, ed. Erez Manela (forthcoming).
  • “The Empire Strikes Back: Iran in the Global 1970s,” in Global Iran, ed. Roham Alvandi (forthcoming).
  • "The Many Worlds of Abud Yasin; or, What Narcotics Trafficking in the Interwar Middle East Can Tell Us about Territorialization," American Historical Review 116 (2011): 273–306.
  • "The Karaj Dam Affair: Emerging Mass Consumerism, the Politics of Promise, and the Cold War in the Early Post-war Third World," Comparative Studies in Society and History 54:3 (2012): 612–43.
  • "1958 Reconsidered: State Formation and the Cold War in the Early Postcolonial Arab Middle East," International Journal of Middle East Studies 45 (2013): 421–43.
  • “The Interwar Germination of Development and Modernization Theory and Practice: Politics, Institution Building, and Knowledge Production between the Rockefeller Foundation and the American University of Beirut,” Geschichte und Gesellschaft 41 (2015): 649–84.
  • "The Mandates and/as Decolonization," in The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates, ed. Cyrus Schayegh and Andrew Arsan (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), 412–19.
  • “‘Seeing Like a State.’ An Essay on the Historiography of Modern Iran,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 42 (2010): 37–61.

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