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Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar, Ph.D.

Chair, Political Science/Economics

Director, Middle East Studies


Baccalauréat, Lycée Français de Vienne, 1975

Magister, University of Vienna, 1980

M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984


Courses Taught

Class Schedule Fall 2011
Course Name Section Days Times Room
PS 101 55606 T Th 9:35-10:55 a.m. A 211
PS 101 55607 T Th 11:10-12:30 p.m. A 211
PS 101 58923 Online Online Online
PS 101 58924 Online Online Online
PS 131 59570 M W 11:10-12:30 p.m. IDC 220
PS 132 59569 M W 2:20-3:40 p.m. IDC 220
PS 295 55618 TBA TBA IDC 352
PS 295 55619 TBA TBA IDC 352
PS 295 55626 TBA TBA IDC 352



Born in Vienna, Austria in 1956. Educated in Vienna, Tehran (Iran) and Santa Barbara. Adjunct lecturer at UCSB from 1984 to 1995. Full-time member of Political Science faculty at SBCC since 1992. Visiting Lecturer at UCSB from 1995 to present.

Academic Honors

Fulbright Scholarship, Austria 1980; Professor of the Year, UCSB 1991; Paragon Award, Phi Theta Kappa 1998; Faculty Lecturer, SBCC 1998-99; Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award (State-wide Award) 2002.

Professional Focus

Dr. Eskandari was director SBCC's Honors Program from 1992 to 1998 and remains a member of the Honors Faculty. He is also campus advisor for the SBCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Gamma Upsilon, which was chartered in March of 1996.

Dr. Eskandari founded SBCC's Washington D. C. Program and directed the Program in Fall1998 together with Prof. Lindemann of the History Department, taking 34 SBCC students on a semester-long study and internship program to our nation's capital.

Dr. Eskandari also founded SBCC's Paris 2000 Program. Together with Dr. Launier of the Psychology Department, took 33 students to Paris in the Spring of 2000 to study the emerging European Union.

In the Fall of 2006 Dr. Eskandari founded the Middle East Studies Program at SBCC, and in Spring of 2007, together with Prof. Mizrahi of the History Department, took 35 students to Athens and Istanbul as part of the inaugural Study Abroad program of the Middle East Studies Program.

Academic Interests

Monarchism, PoliticalTheory/Philosophy, Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern History and Politics, International Relations, and American Government. Dr. Eskandari has published various articles on Human Rights, International Relations, the United Nations, and Middle Eastern History with a focus on 19th century Persia. He gave his faculty lecture at SBCC entitled "In Defense of Monarchy in an Age of Democracy," which was published by SBCC in Spring 1999. He is also advisor to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and a member of the Institute of World Culture of Santa Barbara. Dr. Eskandari is also president and founder of the International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA), a scholarly association dedicated to the study of 19th and early 20th century Persian history. He has published yearly on the History of the Qajars in the Journal Qajar Studies (Volumes 1-8, 2001-2008), and also in Iranian Studies No. 4, September 2007, as guest editor and author. He is also a regular reviewer for textbooks in Political Science, most recently Almond and Powell's Comparative Politics , and Lineberry et al. American Government, both from HarperCollins Publishers. In 2009, Dr. Eskandari joined a team of scholars at Harvard University under the direction of Prof. Afsaneh Najmabadi working on the NEH funded Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran Harvard Project. The Project's aim is to safeguard digitally and make available documents, photographs and oral history of women in the Qajar era.

Faculty Lecture

Dr. Eskandari presented the 20th Annual Faculty Lecture at SBCC entitled "In Defense of Monarchy in an Age of Democracy," on Thursday, March 25, 1999 at the Garvin Theater Auditorium at SBCC.

* Text of Lecture

* Curriculum Vitae


* Political Science 101 American Government and Politics

* Political Science 121 International Politics

* Political Science 130 Politics of Global Survival

* Political Science 131 Comparative Politics and Ideologies

* Political Science 132 Political Thinking

* Political Science 134HR Politics Violence

* Political Science 136 Politics and Government of the Middle East

* History 138 History of the Modern Middle East

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