William Figueroa

Middle East Center Post-Doctoral Fellow

Bill Figueroa completed his PhD in the history department at University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on global Cold War history, and in particular the relationship between Iran and China. He completed his undergraduate degree at Rice University, where he studied social science methodology and modern Chinese society, and received a dual Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Asian Studies in 2010. In 2012, he broadened his focus to the modern Middle East and its interactions with China upon the beginning of his graduate career at Penn. He has studied Farsi in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as well as the UT-Austin's intensive summer language program, and Mandarin in Beijing at Peking University and Central University for Nationalities. His dissertation examined the impact of Chinese political thought on the Iranian revolution and the rise of explicitly Maoist Iranian communist organizations in the aftermath of the Sino-Soviet split.


Rice University, 2010, B.A in Anthropology and East Asian Studies

University of Pennsylvania, 2013, M.A in East Asian Languages and Cultures

University of Pennsylvania, 2020, PhD in History