2004 Balzan Prize for the Islamic World from the End of the 19th to the End of the 20th Century
Nikki Ragozin Keddie, born in Brooklyn in 1930, is a US citizen.
She is currently Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
After getting her B.A. at Radcliffe College, Harvard University, she received her M.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
After a year’s research job on South Asia, she became an instructor at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and then Assistant Professor at Scripps College in Claremont, California.
In 1961 she joined the University of California, Los Angeles, as a Visiting Assistant Professor, became Assistant Professor in 1967 and then Associate and full Professor, teaching mainly Middle Eastern and Iranian history, and also giving courses on comparative revolution, comparative religious politics, and non-written sources and methodology in history teaching and research.
She was an Associate Professor at Harvard Summer School (1967), a Visiting Professor at the University of Rochester (1970), a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris, III (1976-78) and a Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. (1982). She spent, over several decades, a total of three years in Iran and did extensive research travel in Europe, the Middle East, East and Southeast Asia, and Africa.
She earned fellowships from the American Association of University Women (1954-1955), the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1963-64), the Social Science Research Council (1959-1960 and 1966) and the Rockefeller Foundation (1980, 1982 and 1984 at Bellagio).
She served on the executive boards of the Society for Iranian Studies and of the Middle East Studies Association, and was elected President of the latter for 1980-1981. She also served on University committees.
Honours and awards
-Since 1994, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
-2001, Mentoring Award, Middle East Studies Association of North America.
-2002, Award for Scholarly Distinction, American Historical Association.
-2002, Award in Persian History, Encyclopedia Iranica Foundation.
-2003, Honorary Fellow, Middle East Studies Association of North America.
In 1991 Dr. Keddie founded the journal Contention: Debates in Society, Culture and Science, which she edited until 1996. She has authored nine books, and edited or co-edited many others. She has also written numerous articles, chapters of books, and editorials.
– Religion and Rebellion in Iran: The Iranian Tobacco Protest of 1891-92, London, Frank Cass, 1966.
– An Islamic Response to Imperialism: Political and Religious Writings of Sayyid Jamal ad-Din “al-Afghani”, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1968.
– (ed.) Scholars, Saints and Sufis, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1972.
– Sayyid Jamal ad-Din “al-Afghani”: a Political Biography, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1972.
– (coed. with L. Beck) Women in the Muslim World, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1978.
– Iran: Religion, Politics and Society, London, Frank Cass, 1980.
– Roots of Revolution: An Interpretive History of Modern Iran, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1981.
– (coed. with M. Bonine) Continuity and Change in Modern Iran, Albany, State University of New York Press, 1981.
– (ed.) Religion and Politics in Iran: Shi’ism from Quietism to Revolution, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1983.
– (coed. with J. Cole) Shi’sm and Social Protest, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1986.
– (coed. with E. Hooglund) The Iranian Revolution and the Islamic Republic, Syracuse, Syracuse University Press, 1986.
– (coed. with M. Gasiorowski) Neither East Nor West: Iran, the Soviet Union and the United States, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1990.
– (coed. with B. Baron) Women in the Middle Eastern History: Shifting Boundaries in Sex and Gender, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1991.
– Iran and the Muslim World: Resistance and Revolution, London, Macmillan, 1995.
– Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan 1796-1925, Costa Mesa, CA, Mazda, 1999.
– (coed. with J. Rostam-Kolayi) Women in Twentieth Century Religious Politics, special issue of Journal of Women’s History, 10, 4, 1999.
– (coed. with R. Matthee) Iran and the Surrounding World: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics, Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2002.
– Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution[ ], (revised and updated edition of Roots of Revolution, 1981), New Haven, Yale University Press, 2003.
In 2004 she completed a manuscript on the History of Women in the Middle East for Princeton University Press, which has had two favourable outside readings and is awaiting minor revisions before publication.
She has done professional photography for several publications, including the catalogue for her exhibit, The Qashqai People of Southern Iran, UCLA Museum of Cultural History, 1981, and photos in an exhibit about Yemenis, some of which are in J. Friedlander, ed., Sojourners and Settlers, Salt Lake City, 1988.
Two of her Ph.D.s, Rudi Matthee and Beth Baron, edited her festschrift, Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie, Costa Mesa, CA, 2000.
She has also been active in groups and causes working for peace, human rights, and non-discrimination.