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: 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 […]

On Temptation (Versuchung) in Bonhoeffer (II)

This post is the second of two examining Bonhoeffer’s theology of temptation as reflected in his essay, “Bible Study on Temptation, June 20–25, 1938,” found in the English edition of Bonhoeffer’s Works (vol. 15, pp. 386-415). Click here to view part one, which covers the first part of the essay—a more conceptual treatment of the concept of […]

On Temptation (Versuchung) in Bonhoeffer (I)

The reading from the New Testament on Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, comes from Luke 4:1-13. This pericope concerns the temptation of Christ by the devil while he was in the wilderness. On reading commentaries about this passage, I came across multiple references to Bonhoeffer’s essay, “Temptation,” found in various places and translated in […]


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