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About Michael Zirinsky

Dr. Michael Zirinsky joined the faculty of the Department of History at Boise State in 1973. He received his Ph.D in Modern History from the University of North Carolina, his M.A. in International Relations from American University, his A.B. in Government from Oberlin College and also attended the Community School in Tehran, Iran. His teaching responsibilities have included courses in the history of modern Europe, France and Germany, the Holocaust, and in the history of the Islamic and modern Middle East.
Dr. Zirinsky's research interests focus on relations between the Islamic Middle East and the western world, especially in the twentieth century; Iran's relations with the west, especially with the United States, Great Britain, and France; and missionaries, especially American Presbyterians in late Qajar and early Pahlavi Iran.


Present Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Boise State University Department of History

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Honors and Awards

  • Idaho State Board of Education Faculty Research Grant, 1997-1998, "Marching as to War: Presbyterian Missionaries and the Origins of American Relations with Iran"
  • Holocaust Educational Foundation, Course Development Grant, 1993-1994
  • Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship, 1992-1993: "British Missionaries and Iranian Disorder, 1914-1919"

Contact Information

Phone: 208.385.3529

Articles (3)

Contributions to Books (4)

Presentations (2)

Other (1)

Includes letters to editors