Iranian Security and Foreign Policy; Iranian Politics and History; U.S. Policy in the Middle East, especially in historical perspective; Middle Eastern History; The Iranian-Israel Relationship and Nuclear Standoff.
Annie Tracy Samuel is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of History at Tel Aviv University (TAU). She is also a junior research fellow at TAU’s Alliance Center for Iranian Studies and the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. Her doctoral dissertation examines the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Iran-Iraq War and analyzes how the Guards have documented the war and their roles in the conflict. She is a recipient of the Schusterman Israel Scholar Award, given by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.
Ms. Tracy Samuel’s research interests include Iranian security and foreign policy, civil-military relations, the role of Islam in military and foreign policy, and U.S. policy in the Middle East. Her research and writing on those subjects have been published by the Harvard Kennedy School, CNN, Tehran Bureau, and the Global Post, among others. She has spoken at several conferences and universities, including the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Exeter, and Brandeis University.
Ms. Tracy Samuel earned an M.A., magna cum laude, in Middle Eastern history from TAU in 2008 and a B.A. in history and political science from Columbia University in 2006. She has working proficiency in Farsi and Hebrew.