Fereydoun Safizadeh teaches socio-cultural anthropology at Boston University. He received his PhD (1986) in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He has thought anthropology at Harvard, UCLA, San Francisco State University, Amherst College and Boston College. His areas of interest include peasant economy and politics, kinship and family, identity and ethnicity, and visual ethnography. His publications include Peasant Protest and Resistance in Rural Azerbaijan, Iran (1990), Children of the Revolution: Transnational Identity among Young Iranians in Northern California (1996), On Dilemmas of Identity in the Post-Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan (1998).
He has on-going research on the dynamics of social, economic, political and cultural relationships among landowning, commercial, bureaucratic and clerical families in late 19th and 20th century in Tabriz, Iran, Turko-Persian relations, and religious ritual in ethnic identity in northwest Iran. He has co-produced the anthropological documentary The Shahsavan Nomads of Iran (1985) on the seasonal migration of the Shahsavan pastoral nomads in northwest Iran, and The Village of Liqvan portraying subsistence wheat and commercial dairy production in an high altitude village in the Sahand Abad region outside of Iranian Azerbaijan.