Manzar Foroohar



  • Modern Latin America 
  • Modern Middle East
  • Political Economy

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • M.A. California State University, Northridge
  • B.A. National University of Iran, Tehran

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Teaching fields: Modern Latin America, Modern Middle East, Comparative Political Economy of Latin America and the Middle East.
  • Research fields: Religion and Revolution in Latin America and the Middle East, Social and Political Movements in Latin America and the Middle East, Palestinian Diaspora.

Selected Publications and Presentations


  • “Palestinians in Central America: From Temporary Emigrants to a Permanent Diaspora,” Journal of Palestine Studies Vol. XL, No. 3, pp.6-22.
  • Manzar Foroohar, “The wall in Palestine, a Photo Essay,” American Quarterly, December 2010, Volume 62, Number 4, pp. 861-872.
  • 1999: “Internal Migration and Urbanization in Nicaragua."
  • 1993: “The Division in the Nicaraguan Catholic Church 1968-1979,” in Garcia Antezana, Liberation Theology and Sociopolitical Transformation, Vancouver, Canada: The Institute of the Humanities, Simon Fraser University.
  • 1989: The Catholic Church and Social Change in Nicaragua (State University of New York Press, 1989).
  • 1986: “Liberation Theology: the Response of Latin American Catholics to Socioeconomic Problems,” Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 13, No, 3.


  • The 4th Annual Middle East Studies Conference, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, Oct. 14-15, 2011 “Palestinians in Honduras: Economic Success and Backlash of Discrimination.”
  • March 28, 2011, Lecture: “1979 Iranian Revolution, similarities and differences with 2011 Egyptian democratic movement,” American University in Cairo, Political Science Department.
  • The 3rd Annual Middle East Studies Conference, October 7-9, 2010, College of Arts and Humanities, California State University, Fresno. “Academic Freedom and California State University System: Discussions and Resolutions of the Academic Senate of the CSU (ASCSU) and California Faculty Association (CFA).
  • August 2005: “Conflicto Palestina/Israel,” Centro de Amigos para la Paz, San Jose Costa Rica.
  • July 1999: “Migracion interna y urbanizacion en Nicaragua,” the international conference “Centroamerca 2020, Migracion y Transnacionalism,” sponsored by the International University of Florida in San Salvador.
  • November, 1994: The Middle East Studies Association, Twenty-Eight Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona. "A Comparison of Revolutionary Coalitions in Iran and Nicaragua.
  • January, 1994: American Historical Association, Annual Meeting, San Francisco "Latin America in World History."
  • September, 1992: The XVII International Congress, Latin American Studies Association. "Class Formation and Rural-Urban Migration in Nicaragua, 1950s and 1960s."
  • February, 1991: An International Conference on Language, Culture, and Society in the Americas, Merida, Venezuela."Agricultural Modernization: Nicaragua."
  • October, 1989: 35th Annual Conference of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, Sacramento. "Capitalism and Class Structure in Nicaragua."
  • September 1989: Annual Meeting of the Association of Third World Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida."Socio-economic Formation and Development of Revolutionary Movements."
  • July, 1988: 46th International Congress of Americanists, Amsterdam, Holland. "Religion and Revolution in Nicaragua and Iran, a Comparative Study."

Work in Progress:

  • “Palestinian Diaspora in Central America”


  • Membership in the Academic Senate
  • Chair, Cal Poly Academic Senate Faculty Affairs Committee (2002-2010)
  • CFA Chapter President (2001-2005)
  • Member: State wide Academic Senate (2002-present)
  • Member: State wide Faculty Affairs Committee (2003-present)


  • HIST 214 – Political Economy of Latin America and the Middle East
  • HIST 314 – History of Modern Middle East
  • HIST 340 – History of Modern Latin America
  • HIST 341 – History of Modern Central America



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