Did you know that Shireen Tahmaaseb Hunter was the first Iranian woman diplomat before the 1979 Revolution.
Shireen Hunter, born in Tabriz in the northwest of Iran, was the first woman in the Iranian Foreign Service, from 1966-1978, serving abroad in London and Geneva.
She attained the rank of Counselor and served from time-to-time as Chargé d’Affaires of Iran’s UN Mission in Geneva.
Dr. Hunter is now a Research Professor at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with which she has been associated since 2005, as Visiting Fellow and then Visiting Professor.
She was at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington from 1983 to 2005, as Director of the Islam Program, 1998-2005, Deputy Director of the Middle East Program, 1983-1992, and Senior Associate (while in Brussels), 1993-1998.
She also taught courses at Georgetown, George Mason University, and Washington College. She was Academic Fellow at Carnegie Corporation.
From 1993-1997, Dr. Hunter was Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels and directed CEPS’ Mediterranean Program. She was Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution and Research Fellow at the Harvard University Center for International Affairs.
Hunter has published more than 500 monographs, chapters in books, and articles, and lectured widely in the United States at home and abroad at universities, research institutes, world affairs councils, the State Department, and military commands. She also has extensive media experience.
Her latest book is ‘Iran Divided: Historic Roots of Iranian Debates on Identity, Culture, and Governance in the 21st Century’ (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
She was educated at Teheran University (BA and all-but-thesis for a doctorate in international law, 1965 & 1967), the London School of Economics (MSc in international relations, 1979), and the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva (PhD in international relations, 1983).
A US citizen, she is now a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Hunter speaks English, French, Azerbaijani, and Persian.