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 SecurityDiplomatic History, and Harvard’s International Security Discussion Papers series, and her commentary on current events has been featured by The Hill, LawfareCNN, 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) 

Publication Highlights

“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).

“Implementing the Nuclear Deal with Iran: Vital Lessons from the Iran-Iraq War,” with Ariane Tabatabai, International Security (summer 2017).  See related publications in The Hill and Lawfare.

“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.