Interests: Labor history, oil, social movements, revolutions, development of capitalism
Peyman Jafari has an MA degree in political science from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D degree in history from Leiden University, where he wrote his dissertation on Oil, Labor and Revolution: A Social History of Labor in the Iranian Oil Industry, 1973-83. His research is focused on energy history, labor history, revolutions, social movements, and political economy.
He has published two monographs in Dutch and German, titled respectively Het andere Iran: van de revolutie tot vandaag [The other Iran: from the revolution to the present] (Ambo/Anthos 2009) and Der andere Iran: Geschichte und Kultur von 1900 bis zur Gegenwart [The Other Iran: History and Culture from 1900 to the present] (C.H. Beck, 2010). He is also a co-editor of Iran in the Middle East: Transnational Encounters and Social History (IB Tauris, 2015) and a volume titled Worlds of Labor Turned Upside Down: Labor Relations and Revolutions in Global Perspective (Brill, forthcoming).
His articles have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, including Labor History, International Labor and Working-Class History, Workers of the World - International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts.
Jafari has been a visiting scholar at SOAS (London) and Columbia University (New York). He is currently an associate research scholar with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University, where he is writing a book on the history of state, capital and labor in the Iranian oil industry from 1973 to the present.