Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota
William O. Beeman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research in the Middle East, Japan and South Asia for more than 40 years. Recognized for special expertise in Iranian culture and linguistics, he is the author or editor of more than 100 scholarly articles, 600 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 served as consultant to the U.S. State Department, Department of Defense, and the European Union. In addition to his Middle East written extensively on music and performance traditions both in Western and non-Western traditions. His latest book on this topic is "Iranian Performance Traditions." His forthcoming book is titled "Understanding Iran."