Chaichian will bring to light compelling information on the waves of immigration the United States has seen from one Southwest Asian nation in particular – Iran. By analyzing Iran's internal political situation and the often turbulent U.S. – Iranian bilateral relations, Chaichian will examine the profile of skilled and educated Iranian emigrants, particularly in the last two decades, and its effect on the United States. He will also examine internal and external socio-economic and political forces, as well as the processes that have facilitated immigration, including costs and benefits for both countries.
Chaichian holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a master's in architecture and urban planning. He has served twice as president of the Iowa Sociological Association. He 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 first book, White Racism on the Western Urban Frontier: Dynamics of Race and Class in Dubuque, Iowa 1800-2000 was published in March 2006 (Africa World Press).His second book, Town and Country in the Middle East: Iran and Egypt in the Transition to Globalization, was published by Lexington Books in 2008. He is also the recipient of the 2008-2010 Dr. Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair II for Teaching Excellence.