Hooman Majd

Iranian-American Author

The Ayatollah's Democracy: An Iranian Challenge

About the Speaker

Hooman Majd is an Iranian-American writer, based in New York.  His articles about Iranian culture and politics have appeared in Foreign Policy, Newsweek, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.  


He has also served as adviser and translator for two Iranian presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their visits to the United States and the United Nations. 

His insider’s vantage point has produced two recent books about the Iranian Republic’s role on the world stage: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, published in 2008, and The Ayatollah’s Democracy: an Iranian Challenge, published this month.

A former film and record executive, he was born in Tehran, the son of a diplomat and grandson of an ayatollah, and educated in England and the United States.