Hooman Majd

Hooman Majd

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1957 - present

Hooman Majd is an Iranian-American journalist, author, and political commentator who writes on Iranian affairs. He is a contributor for NBC News, and has advised and interpreted for two Iranian presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their trips to the United States. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran and, most recently, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran. He has also published short fiction in literary journals such as Guernica, The American Scholar, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Bald Ego. Hooman had a long career in the entertainment business before transitioning to writing and journalism full-time. He was Executive Vice President at Island Records and Head of Film and Music at Palm Pictures.

Academic History


  • The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay – published by Doubleday (U.S.) and Penguin (U.K.), 2013

  • The Ayatollah's Democracy – published by W.W. Norton & Co. (U.S.) and Penguin (U.K.), 2010

  • The Ayatollah's Beg to Differ – published by Doubleday (U.S.) and Penguin (U.K.), 2009


  • He has written for many publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, as well as Foreign Policy.

  • He has also written for various magazines and papers including The Washington Post, Guardian, Salon, GQ, Interview, Time, Newsweek, Politico, Reuters, New Republic, and Daily Beast, among others.