Peyman Jafari has an MA degree in political science from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD degree in history from Leiden University. His research is thematically focused on labour history, oil, social movements, revolutions and the development of capitalism. He has published a number of monographs, edited volumes and articles on the 20th-century history of Iran. He has been a visiting scholar at SOAS (London) and Columbia University (New York). He is a lecturer in Modern History at the History Department of the University of Amsterdam and is currently writing a book on the history of the 1979 revolution in Iran.