In 2001 Firouz Kazemzadeh, Ph.D., of Alta Loma, California, was "appointed by Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. The two will serve until May 14, 2003. Dr. Kazemzadeh served on the Commission from May 15, 1999 to May 14, 2001.
"Commissioner Kazemzadeh, the Commission’s outgoing Vice Chairman, is a Senior Advisor for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States. He was appointed to his first term on the Commission by President Clinton. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, having taught Russian history there from 1956 until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure at Yale, Dr. Kazemzadeh also served variously as Director of Graduate Studies in Russian and Eastern European Studies; Chair of the Committee on Middle Eastern Studies; Director of Graduate Studies in History; and Master of Davenport College. He is the author of several books relating to Russia and Central Asia."