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Bakhash is Jewish and was born in Iran. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow as well as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He received his MA from Harvard University and his DPhil from the University of Oxford.
His publications focus on Iran and its history and politics. He serves on the Board of Advisory Editors of The Middle East Journal. Bakhash is also a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, where he will be focusing on "the prospects for internal reform in Iran".
He is married to the Iranian-American Middle East studies scholar Haleh Esfandiari.
- "Shaul Bakhash, an Expert on Iran, Joins Brookings as a Visiting Fellow". Brookings. Retrieved 2017-11-04.