Hussein Banai

Assistant Professor, Diplomacy & World Affairs

Specializing in International Relations and Comparative Political Theory


  • Email: banai@oxy.edu
  • Phone: 323.259.1344
  • Website: Huss Banai on OxyScholar
  • Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 3:00pm-5:00pm

Education: BA York University; MSc. London School of Economics, Ph.D. Brown University

Short Bio:

Professor Banai joined Occidental College in the fall of 2012. He earned his BA in Political Science at York University in Canada (2003), his MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK (2005), and his PhD in Political Science from Brown University in the United States (2011). He teaches courses on democratic theory, diplomatic history, and modern Middle Eastern politics. His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, political theory, and comparative politics with particular focus on topics in democratic legitimacy, US-Iran relations, and diplomacy. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the development of liberal political thought in modern Iran, provisionally entitled, Hidden Liberalism: The Paradox of Political Struggle in Modern Iran


DWA 101 - Introduction to Diplomacy and World Affairs

DWA 241 - International Relations of the Middle East

DWA 244 - Modern Iran: Society and Politics

DWA 285 - Diplomacy, Conflict and Cooperation

DWA 305 - Peoples, States, and Wars (co-taught with Prof. Chase)

DWA 360 - Religion, Ideology, and Democracy in the Middle East

DWA 370 - Democracy in Global Politics

CSP 60 - The Democratic Imagination