Manochehr Dorraj

Political Science
Scharbauer Hall 2012D | 817-257-6097

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Ph.D., Political Science, The University of Texas at Austin (1984)

International Relations: International Political
Economy, Energy and Global Geostrategy,
Middle East Political Economy, Middle East
Foreign policy, Middle East- Asia-Pacific
Relations, Middle East-China Relations.
Comparative Politics: Politics in Developing
Nations, Middle East Politics, with
concentration in Political Economy of
Development, Democratization, and Social
Political Theory: with concentration in Modern
Western Political Thought, Religion and
Politics, Islam and Politics.

Courses Taught

POSC 20303 International Politics
POSC 33133 Energy and Global Geostrategy
POSC 35043 Politics of Developing Nations
POSC 35503 Middle East Politics

Introduction to Politics (Honors)
When East Meets West (Honors)
Introduction to International Politics (Honors)
Islam and Politics (Honors)
The Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Major Foreign Governments
Introduction to American Government
Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis
Global Problems and Perspectives
The Global Village
Iran-China Relations in a Changing World
Political Life in Hungary and Central Europe:
Economic and Political Transition since 1989
(offered as a summer course in Budapest,
Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic, Vienna,
Globalization (Graduate Seminar)
International Political Economy (Graduate
International Affairs, Comparative politics, political Theory

Areas of Focus

International Affairs, Comparative politics, political Theory, Middle East politics

Manochehr Dorraj, received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been the recipient of several awards for his research, teaching and mentoring at TCU.

He is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of 7 books and more than 80 refereed articles and book chapters. In addition, he has produced more than 100 non-refereed publications such as review articles, book reviews, blogs and Op-eds.  References to his work and the translation of his publications have appeared in 16 languages. He has been invited to present his scholarship in national and international symposiums and Conferences, including those in John Hopkins, Yale, Harvard, Queens and Toronto University (Canada), University of London and Nottingham University (Great Britain) and Beijing and Fudan University in China. And he has been an invited speaker in such think tanks and international organizations as the Hudson Institute and the World Bank. During 2012-2013 he was a visiting fellow at Georgetown’s Center for International and Regional Studies in Doha, Qatar.  2017-2018 (Winter), Visiting Scholar: Fudan Institute for International Development, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Manochehr Dorraj is a frequent commentator on global affairs in general and Middle East politics in particular. He has granted numerous interviews to international, national and local media. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angles Times, The Economist, the Associated Press, the United Press International, the Agence France Press, the Huffington Post and the Atlantic Post, among others. He has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS Television and the NPR, BBC, and numerous other radio stations.

He is also active in lecture circuits and has delivered many speeches to universities, think tanks and community groups in Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, China and the Middle East.

His service at TCU includes serving as the Co-Chair of the Global Innovators Initiative and a member of the Executive Committee of Discovering Global Citizenship program and the director of TCU Study Abroad Program in Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Dubrovnik.


Dorraj, M. From Zarathustra to Khomeini: Populism and Dissent in Iran. Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner publisher, 1990.

Dorraj, M., editor. The Changing Political Economy of The Third World. Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Publisher, 1995.

Dorraj, M., editor. Middle East at the Crossroads: The Changing Political Dynamics and the Foreign Policy Challenges. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Dorraj, M. & M. Kamrava, Editors, Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic. Greenwood Press, 2008, New Port, Connecticut. 2 vols.

Dorraj, M. & V. Martinez –Ebers, editors. Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Identity politics in America. Oxford University Press, 2010, New York and London.

Dorraj, M. and C. Currier, editors. China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World. Continuum Publishers, 2011, London and New York.

Dorraj, M. & K. Morgan, Editors, Global Impact of Unconventional Energy Resources (Lanham and New York: Lexington Books, 2019).

“Middle East Foreign Policy”, In International Studies Association Compendium Project.

Robert A. Denemark, editor (Electronic Version), ( New York: Blackwell Publishers, , 2011 ): 242- 258.

( M. Dorraj & C. Currier ) “ China’s Quest for Energy Security in the Middle East: Strategic Implications ” In C. Currier & M. Dorraj editors, China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World (London and New York: Continuum Publishers, , 2011): 65-82.

( C. Currier & M. Dorraj ) “ The Strategic Implications of China’s Energy Engagement With the Developing World” In C. Currier & M. Dorraj, editors, China’s Energy Relations With the Developing World (London and New York: Continuum Publishers, , 2011): 3-16.

“Islam and Human Rights: Ideals and Practices” in Mahmood Monshipouri, editor, Human Rights in the Middle East (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011): 41-56.

( M. Dorraj & J. English ) “China’s Strategy for Energy Acquisition in the Middle East: Potential for Conflict and Cooperation with the United States” Asian Politics and

2011-2012 Dean’s Research Award
2015-2016 AddRan Distinguished Lecture Award
2017-2018 (Winter): Visiting Scholar Fellowship Award: Fudan Institute for International Development, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2019: AddRan Faculty Summer Research Grant Award: TCU