Banafsheh Keynoush

Visiting scholar

Princeton University (2017-2018)

Banafsheh Keynoush is a scholar of international affairs. She is the author of Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes? (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), also published in Arabic and Persian, the editor of a forthcoming book Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East (New York: Peter Lang, 2020), the translator of the book Refugee Rights in Iran (London: Dar AlSaqi, 2008), and editor of five volumes of Persian epic poetry entitled Five Treasures of Ferdowsi (Tehran: Iranian Calligraphy Society, 1999). 

Dr. Keynoush was recently a visiting scholar at Princeton University in 2017-2018. She has done field work in the Gulf region through self-funded research trips including in Saudi Arabia and Iran, where she was a visiting fellow at The King Faisal Center for Islamic Studies and Research and a visiting researcher in Iran. A professor at universities in the United States and in the Middle East, she advised the White House and the United Nations, consulted for US private sector companies and the World Bank, and worked at The Asia Foundation and the Swiss Academy for International Development. 


“Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?” (English edition, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, February 2016; Arabic edition, Beirut: Dar AlSaqi, August 2017; Persian edition, Tehran: Zarir Publishing, February 2018)

“Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East,” (New York: Peter Lang, forthcoming 2020)

The translator of the book Refugee Rights in Iran (London: Dar AlSaqi, 2008)

 Editor of five volumes of Persian epic poetry entitled Five Treasures of Ferdowsi (Tehran: Iranian Calligraphy Society, 1999).