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Dr. Farzin Vejdani

Associate Professor
DepartmentHistory

Farzin Vejdani is an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History who teaches courses on the history of Muslim societies, the modern Middle East, the Ottoman Empire, and Middle Eastern and North African cities. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University’s Department of History in 2009 before becoming an Assistant Professor of Iranian history at the University of Arizona (2009-2014). Dr. Vejdani is currently a Visiting Fellow at Massey College, external link (2021-2022) where he is writing a book-length monograph tentatively titled “Private Sins, Public Crimes: Policing, Punishment, and Authority in Nineteenth-Century Iran.” In 2019-2020, he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, external link. His book, Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture, external link (Stanford University Press, 2014), investigates how cultural institutions and a growing public sphere affected history-writing, and how in turn this writing defined Iranian nationalism. In 2016, it received an Honorable Mention for the Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award, external link. In his other publications, Dr. Vejdani has explored the themes of everyday urban crime, folklore, transnational Persian print networks, and connected histories of the Ottoman Empire, India, and Iran. In addition to being the author of several book chapters, he has published articles in the Journal of Social History, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of Religious History, the Journal of Persianate Studies, the International Journal of Turkish Studies, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He is also the co-editor of Iran Facing Others: Identity Boundaries in a Historical Perspective, external link (2012).