Mehrdad Amanat holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (1976), Master of Arts in Islamic Studies (1979) and a Ph.D. in History (2006) from UCLA.
He is the author of Jewish Identities in Iran, Resistance and conversion to Islam and the Baha’i Faith (I.B. Tauris 2011). He is a regular contributor to Encyclopedia Iranica and is the author of numerous articles and book reviews. He is currently working on dynamics of violence in modern Iran, medieval and modern Persian cities and representations of Persian literature in classical Persian music.