Professor of Sociology
Director, Faculty Development
Coordinator, International Studies and Sociology Program

311 Warde Hall
319-363-1323 ext. 1287


Ph.D. in Sociology (1986)
Michigan State University

M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning (1980)
University of Michigan

M.S. in Architecture (with distinction, 1973)
University of Tehran, Iran

Professor of Sociology Dr. Mohammad Chaichian joined Mount Mercy in 1994. He holds a Master's degree in Architecture, a Master's degree in Urban Planning, and a PhD in Sociology. He was the recipient of the 2008-2010 Dr. Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and community service. 

Dr. Chaichian has published numerous articles on contemporary Iran, immigration issues, urban political economy, and race relations, and has conducted workshops and given talks about the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. His teaching interests include sociological theories, methods, urban sociology, social inequalities, social movements, race and ethnicity, and immigration issues. For more information see his Curriculum Vitae.



Chaichian, Mohammad. 2015. Empires and Walls: Globalization, Migration, and Colonial Control. Chicago: Haymarket books (paperback edition).
Please read the book review.

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2014. Empires and Walls: Globalization, Migration, and Colonial Control. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill (hardcover edition).
Please read the book review.

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2009. Town and Country in the Middle East: Iran and Egypt in the Transition to Globalization. New York: Lexington Books.

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2006. White Racism on the Western Urban Frontier: Dynamics of Race and Class in Dubuque, Iowa . Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1991.  Exemplary Leadership in the Rural Church: A Survey of Protestant Congregations in the Midwest. Published and distributed among members of four Protestant denominations in the Midwest, Dubuque: the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts). 

Book chapters:

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2010. “Dismantling the Defensive Wall of the Colonized: The Veil and the French Law on Secularity and Conspicuous Religious Symbols in Schools,” in Richard Dello Buono and David Fasenfest (eds), Social Change, Resistance, and Social Practices, Leiden and Boston: Brill. (PDF)

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2008. “Getting Settled in the Heartland: Community Formation among First- and Second-Generation Iranians in Iowa City, Iowa,” in Richard C. Jones (Ed.), Immigrants Outside Megalopolis: Ethnic Transformation in the Heartland.  Lexington Books. (PDF)


Chaichian, Mohammad. 2016. A Walled Academic Urban Fortress: Using Neoliberal Urban Policies to Re-design and Maintain Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood. International Journal of Urban and Extra-urban Studies (forthcoming). 

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2016. ““Cairo as a World City? Caught Between Local and Global,” Journal of International Affairs Online, (forthcoming).

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2012. “The New Phase of Globalization and Brain Drain: migration of Educated and skilled Iranians to the United States,” International Journal of Social Economics, 39 (1- 2): 18-38. (PDF)

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2005. “They Had a Dream: Failure of a Plan for Racial Diversity in Dubuque, Iowa,” Proteus, 22(1): 28-36.

Chaichian, Mohammad. 2003. “Structural Impediments of the Civil Society Project in Iran: National and Global Dimensions,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 44(1), 18-49. (PDF)

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1999. “Postmodernism and the Illusion of Establishing a Civil Society in Iran,” Mehregan, 7(4), (in Persian).

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1998. “Baku Notes,” Par, no.147 (spring), 36-40 (in Persian).

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1997. “First Generation Iranians and the Question of Cultural Identity: The Case of Iowa,” International Migration Review, 31(3), 612-627. (PDF)

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1997. “Dependent Urbanization in Iran: Tehran’s Uneven Development,” Mehregan, 6(3), 139-149 (in Persian).

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1994. "The Development of Small Business and Petty Commodity Production in the People's Republic of China," Asian Profile, 22(4).

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1993. "Social Stratification and Housing Provision for College Faculty in China: Two Case Studies," Michigan Sociological Review, 7:10-27.

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1993. "Iranians in Exile and the Question of Cultural Identity," Science and Society, 108:5-12 (in Persian).

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1991. "Urban Public Housing in China: The Case of Tianjin," Habitat International, 15(1):127-140. 

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1989. "Urban Political Economy and Experiential Learning: Teaching the Course 'Sociology of Dubuque'," Teaching Sociology, 17(1): 56-63, January. (PDF)

Chaichian, Mohammad. 1988. "The Effects of World Capitalist Economy on Urbanization In Egypt: 1800-1970," International Journal of Middle East Studies, 20(1): 23-43. (PDF)

Chaichian, Mohammad et al. 1986. "Getting People Started: Teaching Assistant Workshop for Sociology Graduate Students at Michigan State University", Teaching Sociology, 14:168-175, July (with W. Ewens, G. Macheski and N. Backus). (PDF)

Backus, Nancy et al. 1986. “Recognizing Teaching Competence: A Certification Program in Teaching Sociology for Graduate Students,” Teaching Sociology, 14:176-80, July (with M. Chaichian, W. Ewens and G. Macheski). (PDF)