Maziar Behrooz (Persian: مازیار بهروز; born in Tehran, Iran in 1959), is an historian of modern Iran who lives in Berkeley, California. He was born to Jahangir (Changiz) Behrouz, a journalist, and Sara Khosrovi-Azarbaijani, a home maker. He received his high school diploma from the UK and moved to the US receiving his B.A degree in History-Political Science from Saint Mary's College of California (1982), his M.A. in Modern History of Europe from San Francisco State University (1986), and his PH.D. in Modern History of the Near East from University of California, Los Angeles (1993).
He has taught at a number of universities and colleges including UC Berkeley, Saint Mary's College of California, Stanford University, Bridgewater State College and is currently an associate professor at the History Department of San Francisco State University where he teaches various courses concerning the modern history of the Middle East.
He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Iran and is the author of two books on the history of the left movement in Iran. His first book is Rebels with a Cause (1999),. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 249 libraries and has been translated into Persian (2001) and Turkish (2006). His second book is Perspectives on the History of Rebels with a Cause in Iran (2006) which is a collection of articles and interviews on the left movement in Iran, translated and published in Iran and in Persian. His current research project is about late 18th century-early 19th century encounters between Iran and the Western world.