gasiorowskiMark Gasiorowski


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Mark Gasiorowski is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University.  He also currently serves as Chair of the Department.  He received a BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1976 and a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina in 1984.  His scholarly activity focuses primarily on Iran and US-Iran relations.  He has published numerous books and articles on these and other topics and has served frequently as a consultant and media commentator on Iran.  He has traveled extensively in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.  He was a visiting professor at Tehran University in 1994, 1996, and 1998 and a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University in 2001-2002.  He has lived in New Orleans with his wife and daughter for some 20 years.  In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, sculpture, and vampire movies.


Middle East Comparative Politics

Middle East Security

Democracy and Democratization

Selected Publications:

The Qarani Affair and Iranian Politics,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 25, No. 4, November 1993, pp. 625-644.

Economic Crisis and Political Regime Change: An Event History Analysis,” American Political Science Review, Vol. 89, No. 4, December 1995, pp. 882-897.

(Coauthored with Timothy Power) “The Structural Determinants of Democratic Consolidation: Evidence From the Third World,” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 31, No. 6, December 1998, pp. 740-771.

Democracy and Macroeconomic Performance in Underdeveloped Countries: An Empirical Analysis,” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 33, No. 3, April 2000, pp. 319-349.

The Nuzhih Plot and Iranian Politics,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 34, No. 4, November 2002, pp. 645-666.

(Coauthored with Zaheer Poptani) “The Macroeconomic Consequences of Democratic Transition: Learning Processes in the Third and Fourth Waves of Democratization,” Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2006.

US Intelligence Assistance to Iran, May-October 1979,” Middle East Journal, Vol. 66, No. 4, Autumn 2012, pp. 613-627.

The CIA’s TPBEDAMN Operation and the 1953 Coup in Iran,” Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 15, No. 4, Fall 2013.

US Covert Operations Toward Iran, February-November 1979:  Was the CIA Trying to Overthrow the Islamic Regime?” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 51, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 115-135.

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