Mehrdad Mashayekhi: Scholar

1953-2011 Mehrdad Mashayekhi was born in Tehran, Iran and has resided in the U.S. since 1972. He received a. B.A. and M.A. in economics (Case Western Reserve University, 1976, Cleveland, and The American University, 1979, Washington D.C.), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The American University, in 1986. Mashayekhi is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. He joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1989 and has alternately taught as adjunct and visiting positions >>>

Mashayekhi's defense of democracy:

مناظره دکتر مهرداد مشایخی با دکتر علی جوادی در کانون from Iran e Ma TV on Vimeo.


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Great loss

by Rastgoo on

My deepest sympathies with his family and the Iranian people for the loss of a true lover of Humanity, Democracy and Iran.  Thank you Dr. Mashayekhi for all of your invaluable analysis and insights into the horrible situation of our homeland Iran.  May your soul attain the freedom that your body never truly experienced.


what a great loss!

by farrad02 on

Long live his memory and his aspirations!


My Condolences to The Family

by faryarm on


Professor Mashayekhi, will surely be remembered ...

Ruheshan Shaad !


A good human being and a true intellectual

by aynak on


Long live his memory.






 Gone too soon. Great loss

by vildemose on

 Gone too soon. Great loss for Iran and Iranians.


"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis


Professor Mashayekhi will be missed

by rafshari on

It is a sad day for all of us who have known this gentleman/scholar. In the past twenty years I had often talked with him in the hallways of academic and semi-academic conferences. He was one of those rare, atypical scholars of Iran and the Middle East. Unlike many others, he was not obsessed with constant schmoozing with more senior scholars to ingratiate and advance himself. He was willing to take positions that others would consider risky. He defended human rights. He was articulate, graceful in his presentation and, yes, very (Iranian) handsome. He objected to the brutalities of the political system in Iran. His objections will main in our minds. There is no afterlife; the only consolation is that these objections would make a difference at the end for the children of Iran.  My condolences to his family members.   


He will be greatly missed

by divaneh on

When we are disheartened with the deceit, lack of principles and selfishness of some Iranians, we can take heart by remembering Mehrdad Mashayekhi. A selfless defender of freedom and democracy who continued his battle for democracy in Iran whilst fought a battle with a terminating disease. The pain and trouble that he took to help the future of other Iranians shows the strength of his character.

I offer my condolences to his family and the whole Iranian community for this great loss.

May he rest in peace.



This is tragic

by ramintork on


We are blessed with one person who is eloquent,
has clarity of thought, clear vision and is a convincing orator and he dies,
what a loss.


My heart goes to his family and those close to him as well as the public who shall miss his contribution.


His Quest for Liberty and Civility shall live on

by Amir Normandi on

Dr. Mehrdad Mashayekhi's physical fight with ill has come to an end but his brave spirit and genteel conscience shall be with us in continuing his quest for liberty and civility in his (our) birth land.

Amir Normandi


Roohesh shad...

by Bavafa on


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Mehrdad's legacy will live on. A good man, a good soul, a great defender of democracy.