Mansour Farhang

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Mansour Farhang’s long career in international relations has included a diplomatic post and many distinguished research and teaching positions. He taught for more than 30 years at Bennington and returned as a visiting faculty member in 2017.


Farhang served as revolutionary Iran's first ambassador to the United Nations, resigning in protest when the Khomeini regime refused to accept the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's recommendation to release American hostages in Teheran. Early in the Iran-Iraq war, he served as envoy in negotiations with international peace missions. Currently, he is on the advisory board of Middle East Watch, a branch of Human Rights Watch. He is the author of U.S. Imperialism: From the Spanish-American War to the Iranian Revolution; and, with William Dorman, The U.S. Press and Iran: Foreign Policy and the Journalism of Deference; he is also a frequent contributor to scholarly journals and the national news media. He has taught at the Claremont Graduate School, the California State University at Sacramento, and Princeton University, where he was also a research fellow at the Center for International Studies. BA, University of Arizona; PhD, Claremont Graduate School. Farhang taught at Bennington from 1983-2014 and held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. He returned as a visiting faculty member for Fall 2017.