UANI Calls On Princeton University To Fire Hossein Mousavian

UANI Also Calls for Suspension in Financial Support for Princeton, Including U.S. Government Grants and Contracts

(New York, N.Y.) — On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) conveyed its deep concerns to the President and Board of Trustees of Princeton University regarding the university’s continued employment of Seyed Hossein Mousavian, an agent of the Iranian regime currently employed as a Middle East and Nuclear Policy Specialist at the Program on Science and Global Security.

Recently, Mousavian both attended the funeral of, and appeared in a documentary lionizing, the late Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani.  At the time of his death in a U.S. drone strike in 2020, Soleimani was responsible for more murders, injuries and kidnappings of Americans and American allies than any other person alive. In the documentary, Mousavian gleefully recounted hearing that former U.S. diplomat Brian Hook’s wife couldn’t sleep for days and that she was shaking and crying out of fear of death threats against her husband, who served as the U.S. Special Representative for Iran during the Trump administration. 

UANI has called for his termination and has further called on financial supporters of Princeton to suspend or terminate their support, and for all U.S. Government grants and contracts with Princeton to be suspended until Mousavian’s employment is terminated. 

“Princeton University’s continued employment of Seyed Hossein Mousavian, who has faithfully served the Islamic Republic of Iran for decades in a variety of senior roles, makes it impossible for the university to be a safe, welcome, and credible institution of learning for both its students and other employees,” stated UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace. 

“No responsible person should support Princeton while Mousavian – who even flew back to Tehran to attend Soleimani’s funeral – remains on Princeton’s payroll. His presence on the university’s staff not only tarnishes Princeton’s reputation and credibility, it is also a matter of safety and security due to his association with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Mousavian must be terminated immediately,” said Wallace.

To view a copy of the letter to Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, please click here.