Camron Michael Amin, Ph.D.

Professor of Middle East and Iranian Diaspora Studies
Cam Amin headshot
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
College-Wide Programs
Honors Program
2036A College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128

Teaching Areas:

Arab American Studies, History, Middle East Studies, Women's & Gender Studies

Research Areas:

Iran / Iranian Studies, Women and Gender Studies

Biography and Education

Camron Michael Amin joined the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1997 in the Department of Social Sciences, History. In September 2023, he was reappointed in College Wide Programs, Middle East Studies. His earliest research focused on state feminism in Iran, with additional work on Iranian press and media in the 20th Century. His recent work has been in oral history, and Iranian Diaspora Studies, and survey-based research (with Julio Borquez. Cam has served as an Associate Dean in CASL (2007-9) , an Associate Provost (2024) and as the Coordinator of the Middle East Studies Certificate (since 2016) and Major (since 2023). He am also serving as the Director of Research for the Inclusive History Project-Dearborn (2023-25).


Ph.D., Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago, 1996.

Selected Publications

MMETOHP. August 2023.

Borquez, J., Amin, C.M. “Gender differences in the professional experiences of Iran specialists in
American academia.” SN Social Sciences 2, 272 (2022).

MIAOHP. December 2021.

“Professional Transnationalism and Iranian-American Im/Mobility in Michigan,” in American-Iranian Dialogues. ed. Matthew K. Shannon. Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

“Gender, Madness, Religion, and Iranian-American Identity: Observations on a 2006
Murder Trial in Williamsport, Pennsylvania,” Soc. Sci. 6: 3, 85(2017).

“The Press and Public Diplomacy in Iran, 1820-1940,” Iranian Studies 48: 2 (2015): 269-287.

The Making of the Modern Iranian Woman: Gender, State Policy and Popular
Culture, 1865-1946, U Press FL, 2002.

Awards and Recognition

President, Association for Iranian Studies, 2019-2020

Coordinator of CASL Digital Projects "Get to Almost 100" Initiative from 2019-2021
Michigan Humanities Council Grant, 2016 (resulting in two oral history archived as public databases for Mardigian Library: Michigan Iranian American Oral History Project/MIAOHP and Michigan Middle East Travelers Project/MMETOHP)

Mentor of the Year, CASL HUM/HIST Internship Program 2017

National Education Projects Grant, 2000-2002 (Resulting in the publication of The Modern Middle East: A Sourcebook for History. Edited by Camron Michael Amin, Benjamin C. Fortna and Elizabeth B. Frierson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)