Touraj Atabaki is the Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social History. He also holds the chair of the Social History of the Middle East and Central Asia at the School of the Middle East Studies of the Leiden University.
Studied first theoretical physics and then history, he did his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof Ervand Abrahamian (Baruch College) on the ethnicity and regional autonomy in the twentieth century Iran; it was published in 1993 and reprinted in 2000.
At the present he is coordinating a research project on Social History of Labour in the Iranian Oil Industry 1908-2008. Kaveh Ehsani, Peyman Jafari, and Maral Jefroudi are other associated fellows to this project. He is also a partcipant in the international project of the Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations 1500-2000.
Touraj Atabaki served as president of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS), as a member of the academic board of the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), as a member of the Board of Consulting Editors of the International Labour and Working-Class History, the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Iranian Studies, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Central Asian Survey and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Azerbaijani Studies. At the presetn he is the president-elect of the International Society of Iranain Studies.
His fields of research encompass Social History of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Modernity, Migration, Nationalism, Labour and Subaltern Studies and post-Colonial Historiography.