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William O. Beeman

William O. Beeman is author or editor of more than 100 scholarly articles, 500 opinion pieces, and 14 books, including Language, Status and Power in Iran and The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullahs”: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other. He has also written extensively on music and performance traditions in Western and non-Western traditions. Beeman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research in the Middle East, Japan, and India for more than 40 years with special expertise in Iran and the Persian Gulf region. His expertise has been widely sought as advisor to the U.S. State Department, the Department of Defense, the United Nations, and the European Union.

Recent & Notable Works



Understanding Iran (forthcoming from I.B. Tauris)

Visual Culture: Margaret Mead on Photography, Film, Television and Art, editor (forthcoming from Berghahn Books)

Iranian Performance Traditions (Mazda Publications, 2011)

The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullahs”: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other (University of Chicago Press, 2008; Praeger Publishers, 2005)

Anticipating the Future: Collected papers by Margaret Mead, editor (Berghahn Books, 2004)

Studying Contemporary Western Society: Method and Theory, editor, with author Margaret Mead (Berghahn Books, 2004)

Zaban, Hovviat va Ghodrat dar Iran [Persian translation of Language, Status and Power in Iran, 1986], translated by Reza Zoghdar Moghaddam (Keyvan Publications, 2004)

The Third Line: The Opera Performer as Interpreter, with Daniel Helfgot (Third Line Books, 2nd edition, 2002; Schirmer Books, 1st edition, 1993)

The Study of Culture at a Distance by Margaret Mead and Rhoda Métraux, editor (Berghahn Books, 2000)

Object, Image and Inquiry: the Art Historian at Work, with Elizabeth Bakewell, Carol McMichael Reese, Marilyn Schmidt (Getty Museum Press, 1988)

Language, Status, and Power in Iran (Indiana University Press, 1986)

Culture, Performance and Communication in Iran (Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, ILCAA, 1982)

Reflections on the Hmong in Providence, editor (Privately printed, 1982)

Intermediate Persian, Volume I and II, with Windfuhr, Gernot, et al. (University of Michigan, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 1979)

Problems of Children and Youth in the Iranian Family: A Pilot Study in the Villages of the Kashan Desert Region, with Rudolph-Touba and Jacqueline Beeman (Institute for Social Studies and Research, 1971)

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