Professor Menashri is the Director of the Center for Iranian Studies, Dean of Special Programs and Nazarian Chair for Modern Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is also a professor at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History. His academic research centers on the history and politics of modern Iran, Central Asia, the Persian Gulf and history of education in the Muslim world. He has been a visiting Fulbright scholar at both Princeton and Cornell University and, among others, a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago, Melbourne University, the University of Munich and Waseda (Tokyo). In the late 1970s, he spent two years conducting research and field studies in Iranian universities on the eve of the Islamic Revolution.  He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards in Israel and abroad, including grants from Ford Foundation, Fulbright Foundation and Ben Gurion Foundation.