Shervin Malekzadeh received a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. His research on state formation and identity politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran intervenes decisively in the literature on power and the ambiguities of domination. Shervin served for several years as a bilingual first grade and kindergarten teacher in Latino communities in California and Washington, DC. There he became interested in the ways in which teachers, parents, and students negotiate between their personal needs and beliefs and the school curriculum. This experience continues to inform his approach to teaching as well as his research interests, which include the politics of identity and modern state formation, power as a cultural and discursive phenomenon, the religious foundations of nationalism, the comparative politics of the Middle East and Latin America, and the negotiation of hegemony at the local level. A regular visitor to Iran, Shervin has lived and worked in Chile and Brazil, as well as in Qatar where he taught comparative politics at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. An accidental reporter and participant in the Iranian Green Movement, he continues to provide occasional reports and commentaries on the politics of schooling and media in Iran for various media outlets, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and Folha de São Paulo.