Homa Katouzian, is an economist, historian, political scientist and literary critic, with a special interest in Iranian studies. Katouzian’s formal academic training was in economics and the social sciences but he concurrently continued his studies of Persian history and literature at a professional academic level. Having taught economics at universities in Britain and other countries for eighteen years, he took voluntary retirement in 1986 to devote his entire time to Iranian studies. Currently based at the University of Oxford, Katouzian is a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Iran HeritageResearch Fellow at St. Antony’s College. He is also a former member of the Editorial Board of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East and Comparative Economic Studies.