Ph.D., Tel Aviv University, 2015
M.A. (magna cum laude), Tel Aviv University, 2008
B.A., Columbia University, 2006
Annie Tracy Samuel is an assistant professor of history and a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Prior to joining the UTC faculty, Prof. Tracy Samuel served as a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. (magna cum laude) in history from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in history and political science from Columbia University. She specializes in the modern history of Iran and the Middle East.
Tracy Samuel’s scholarship has been published in International Security, Diplomatic History, and Harvard’s International Security Discussion Papers series, and her commentary on current events has been featured by The Hill, Lawfare, CNN, The Atlantic, and ABC News Channel 9. She has presented her work at the Middle East Studies Association, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, and the American Historical Association, and she has participated in policy briefings at the U.S. Departments of Defense and State.
Her current research projects include a book manuscript on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Iran-Iraq War, entitled The Unfinished History of the Iran-Iraq War: Faith, Firepower, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
She serves on the board of the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society, and will begin her term as president in January 2021.
World History from 1400-Present
Modern Middle East
United States and the Middle East
Islam and Politics
The Historian's Craft
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Pre-Tenure Enhancement Grant 2020
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Ruth S. Holmberg Grant for Faculty Excellence 2018
The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Visiting Fellow 2017
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa and the Moroccan-American Cultural Center, Moroccan Studies Research Grant 2015
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Faculty Research Grants 2015-2018
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Access and Diversity Professional Development Grant 2015
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Fellowship, International Security Program (2011-14) and Dubai Initiative (Fall 2011)
“Beyond Strategic Stability: Deterrence, Regional Balance, and Iranian National Security,” in The End of Strategic Stability?: Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries, edited by Lawrence Rubin and Adam Stulberg (Georgetown University Press, 2018).
“Guarding the Nation: The Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Nationalism, and the Iran-Iraq War," in Constructing Nationalism in Iran: From the Qajars to the Islamic Republic, ed. Meir Litvak (Routledge, 2017).
“The Open Door and U.S. Policy in Iraq between the World Wars,” Diplomatic History, Nov. 2014
“Viewpoint Iran: The Past and Present of the U.S.-Iran Standoff,” Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective 7/1, (The Ohio State University), Oct. 2013
“Perceptions and Narratives of Security: The Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Iran-Iraq War,” International Security Discussion Paper 2012-06, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, May 2012
Conference & Presentation Highlights
The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, Annual Conference, “Onward to Jerusalem? Iran’s Decision to Continue the Iran-Iraq War,” Canterbury, UK, Apr. 2021
Middle East Studies Association, Annual Meeting, “Dealing with History: Iran, the United States, and the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88),” Washington, D.C., Oct. 2020
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Invited Speaker, London, UK, Jul. 2020.
National Intelligence Council (part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence), Invited Expert, Conference on The Trajectory of Iran’s Regional Influence, Arlington, VA, Apr. 2019.
North Carolina State University’s School of Public and International Affairs and the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities, Invited Panelist, “The Future of the JCPOA and Iran’s Nuclear Program,” Apr. 2018.