An Iranian-born Kurd, Ismael Hossein-zadeh came to the United States in 1975 to pursue his formal education in economics. After completing his graduate work at the New School for Social Research in New York City (1988), he joined Drake University faculty where he has been teaching classes in political economy, comparative economic systems, international economics, history of economic thought and development economics. His published work covers significant topics such as financial instability, economic crises and restructuring policies, currency-trade relations, globalization and labor, international/sovereign debt, economics of war and military spending, roots of conflict between the Muslim world and the West, long waves of economic expansion and decline, and the Soviet model of non-capitalist development. His recent two books are (1) The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism (Palgrave-Macmillan), and (2) Beyond Mainstream Explanations of the Financial Crisis (Routledge).
He is also a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press 2012).