Keanu Heydari is a historian of twentieth-century Europe. He focuses on French cultural, intellectual, and migration history.

Heydari was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is currently a doctoral candidate in History at the Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He’s an alumnus of the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., History, French language minor, 2017). His current research project focuses on the out-migration of Iranians (especially intellectuals and cultural leaders) from Tehran to Paris before and after the 1953 coup d’état.

For the 2020-21 academic year, Heydari was a co-coordinator for the University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School Migration & Displacement Interdisciplinary Workshop. Click here to learn more.

Heydari also runs a podcast, Explain Things to Me.

He is also interested in the broader currents of modern European intellectual history, especially the contributions of Michel Foucault (power-knowledge and critical discourse studies), Jacques Lacan (psychoanalysis), Jean-François Lyotard (postmodern conceptions of justice), and Étienne Balibar (critique of “equaliberty,” liberalism, and the nation-state). Heydari spends time reading in critical New Testament studies and the history of theology. He is finding a home in the “apocalyptic turn,” particularly in the work of Martinus C. de Boer, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, and Douglas A Campbell.


Elsewhere: Fruitless & Mammonburg Podcasts

On May 14, 2022, I was featured on the Mammonburg podcast. In today’s episode without Jackal, your tour guides are joined by Keanu (@WoeToChorazin) to tackle current events: the new Fantastic Beasts movie, Crypto crashing, Elon Musk stalling on buying Twitter, the murder of Shereen Abu Aqleh, and the subsequent attack on her funeral. On […]

Elsewhere: Tears of Eden/Uncertain Podcast (II)

My friend and colleague Katherine Spearing invited me back to the Tears of Eden/Uncertain podcast to discuss my article about Jesus as a Victim of Sexual Assault and Humiliation. Find the episode page here or listen through Spotify below.

A Christmas Sermon

As I was cleaning up some files on my computer, I came across a sermon I delivered in 2017. I hope you find it encouraging as this Lenten season comes to a close. In the violence, and in the uncertainty, and in the catastrophe of the world today—in light of human frailty and brokenness—Jesus is […]


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