John Tirman is executive director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an MIT principal research scientist and also directs the Persian Gulf Initiative. Previously, he was program director at the Social Science Research Council, a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Cyprus, and executive director of the Winston Foundation for World Peace. He earned a PhD in political science at Boston University, where he studied with Howard Zinn and Frances Fox Piven.
Tirman's books include 100 Ways America is Screwing up the World (2006), and Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade (1997). Most recently, he published The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars, a major contribution to understanding conflict and America's involvement. He coauthored an account of the American role in the Iran-Iraq War that was published in 2012, Becoming Enemies.
Periodicals where his articles have appeared include The Nation,International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Review, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and AlterNet, among others.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Tirman created an educational web site, the Cyprus Conflict, and taught at Intercollege in Nicosia. At MIT, he has led several research projects, mainly focusing on the Persian Gulf, international migration, and U.S. foreign policy. He has served on several NGO boards, and now chairs the International Civil Society Action Network.