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Kevin Schwartz is a recent Social Science Research Council postdoctoral fellow for Transregional Research and Visiting Scholar at Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied and wrote about Persian literary culture across West, Central, and South Asia. His writings on the politics, culture, and history of Iran and the Middle East have been featured in The Baltimore Sun, Jadaliyya, CounterPunch, and Reorient.

Published Works

Rethinking Iran

July 16, 2015 |

This OpEd argues that the US must recalibrate its thinking about Iran by better understanding how Iran operates as a state (in particular its relationship with proxies)  and recognize the mutual benefit of US-Iran cooperation in the context of the major threat of extremism faced by both.

US Drone Complex Leads to Moral & Legal Impunity

May 18, 2015 | Aljazeera America

This OpEd argues that the diffusion and distribution of responsibility leads to a bureaucratization of killing in which individual participants are immune from moral and legal accountability. 

Crafting a Cultural Idiom of Engagement: The US President's Persian Poetry

April 23, 2015 |

This two-part article looks at how the Obama administration has used Persian poetry as a diplomatic tool to engage Iran. Here is another sentence that summarizes the content of the article.


Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Schwartz studied and wrote about Persian literary culture across West, Central, and South Asia.

Masters in Another Degree

Harvard University, Cambridge

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Work experience

Professor of Middle Eastern Studies

US Naval Academy

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Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland

Here's what Kevin did during his time at UMD. He was exceptional

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