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Brian Mann

Assistant Professor

Office: 3721 - Coleman Hall
Email: bmann@eiu.edu

I am a historian of the modern Middle East with a specialization in 19th/20th century Iran. I teach undergraduate surveys in Middle Eastern, Islamic World, and World History, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses on Iran, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and British imperialism in the Middle East.  I have also taught undergraduate and graduate students to read Persian. My main research interests are nationalism, social movements, and imperialism, as they relate to modern Iran and the Middle East in general, and I am particularly interested in the region of Khuzistan (Iran's southwestern and oil-rich province which sits along the border with Iraq on the Persian Gulf). I am the advisor to the History Club, the webmaster for the History Department, and serve on various other committees in and outside the department. I am also an affiliated faculty member of the Graduate School, Asian Studies Program, and Humanities Center.

Ofice Hours: Fall 2015

Frequently Taught Courses

HIS 1526G: World History: The Twentieth-Century World
HIS 3200: Islamic History
HIS 3210: History of the Modern Middle East
HIS 4775: Special Topics: The British Empire & the Islamic World
HIS 4781: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIS 4782: Modern Iran 
HIS 47701/59901: Independent Study: Persian Language
HIS 57001: World History Graduate Seminar (various topics)


University of Texas at Austin

Professional Organizations

Middle East Studies Association
International Society for Iranian Studies


Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

Modern Iran Modern Middle East


Modern Middle East, 19th- & 20th-century Iran, Khuzistan, nationalism, tribal & ethnic groups, imperialism, urbanization, labor, social movements


Mann, Brian. "The Khuzistani Arab Movement, 1941-46: A Case of Nationalism?" In Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity, edited by Kamran Scot Aghaie and Afshin Marashi. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014.

Conference Presentations

"Development Arrested?: David E. Lilienthal, the Khuzistan Development Project, and the Arabs of Iran" - MESA 2014