NYU has been in the forefront of Iranian and Persianate studies in the United States for over half a century and continues to offer a diverse array of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as vibrant intellectual environment for research on Iran, Afghanistan, and the wider Persian-speaking world. Faculty offer all levels of Persian language study as well as lecture courses and seminars examining Iranian history, society, literature, and politics. Faculty and recent graduate students are particularly engaged in the study of modern Iran through diverse theoretical lenses, transnational and comparative perspectives, and with an appreciation for multi and interdisciplinary approaches. PhD students in the department working on Iran and related areas typically work within one of the four tracks (i.e. Cultural Representation, Islamic Studies, the Joint Program in History, and Literature) and benefit from working with this community of researchers interested in Iran. Faculty also advise and work closely with students in the Kevorkian Center’s MA program.
NYU is also home to the Iranian Studies Initiative (ISI-NYU), which brings together faculty and students from across the university to host scholarly and public events and nurture collaboration both within the university and at the level of the city and the tri-state area. Besides organizing lectures, film screenings, and readings, ISI-NYU has hosted conferences and workshops, including a Junior Scholars Research Workshop and a retrospective on the work of Ardeshir Mohasses. Currently, ISI-NYU is collaborating with the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University to organize multi-year workshops for graduate students working on modern Iran.
Peter Chelkowski, emeritus: Literature, mysticism, Islamic studies and performing arts of the Middle East
Arang Keshavarzian: Comparative politics of the Middle East; political economy; modern Iran; transnationalism; urban politics
Mehdi Khorrami: Modern Persian fiction: Stylistics and Aesthetics; Sensory Language in Persian Literature
Mikiya Koyagi: modern Iranian history; transnational history; borderlands studies; Islam in Japan
Ali Mirsepassi: Iranian intellectual history, political Islam, modern Islamic thought, and sociology of religion
Robert McChesney, emeritus: Early modern history of Iran and Central Asia
Current and Recent Associated PhD students
Arta Khakpour (PhD 2015)