Professor Ervand Abrahamian is Distinguished Professor of Iranian and Middle Eastern history and politics at the Baruch College, CUNY. He has taught at the universities of Oxford, Columbia, New York, and Princeton, in addition to the Graduate Center in the City University of New York and over forty years at Baruch College. He is a historian of the Middle East and authority on modern Iranian politics and society. Abrahamian is recognized for his books on twentieth century Iran, especially Iran Between Two Revolutions (1982), The Iranian Mojahedin (1989), Khomeinism (1993), Tortured Confessions: Prisons and Public Recantations in Modern Iran (1999), and most recently, A History of Modern Iran (2008) and The Coup: 1953, The CIA and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations (2013). He is a member of the International Iranian Studies Association, the American Historical Association, and the Middle East Studies Association of North America.