Last week, IE Business School and IE School of International Relations Professor David Moshfegh was featured on IE’s The Other Photo blog in an interview about how he came to be where he is today. We think he is a fantastic example of the diverse faculty backgrounds we have here at IE, and thought we would share!
David holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Stanford University. He is an expert in European intellectual history, and has focused on the intersection of the histories of academic disciplines, Orientalism and imperialism. Along with this work, Moshfegh has conducted significant research surrounding the Middle-East on the trajectory of religious minorities in Islamic history.
Here’s a sneak peek at what he had to say during the interview…
What do you teach?
“I teach in the Humanities program at IE, both at the undergraduate level and in the graduate Masters in International Management. At the undergraduate level, I’ve taught courses on European intellectual history from the Renaissance to the present and, in the MIM, I teach a course titled ‘Critical Management Skills’, which is in fact a course on critical decision-making and what this actually means. I’ve also taught extensively in the International Relations program, including courses on Political Theory and on ‘The History of International Relations’. The latter course, which I approach in terms of the rise of something we could actually call the International Order, namely, from the birth of the nation-state to its contemporary crisis, I also teach at both the undergraduate level and in the Masters in International Relations. I also direct the Humanities programming at IE, particularly Humanities Discussion Series, a joint faculty-student initiative that organizes critical discussion of pressing issues through faculty and student presentations.”
So are you a political animal?
“I read the news obsessively. I think the prevalent disenchantment today, not only with politicians but with ‘politics’ as such, is one of the saddest aspects of life these days, and a symptom of much of what is wrong with it. I come across so many people who prefer conspiracy theories to history and tend to give up on the idea that they might have more of a say about their own lives.”
What are your favorite places in Madrid?
“I love all the plazas in Madrid, from the intimate ones like Olavide and Santa Ana to the monumental like Cibeles and Plaza Mayor. It’s what makes Madrid such a grand and convivial place at the same time, which is great combination. I love the city.”
You can read the original article on The Other Photo blog here. We highly recommend!