Program News & Announcements

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Explore highlights from the 2021-2022 academic year. The wane of COVID brought a welcome return to in-person teaching and the program's ability to host several live events throughout the year. We hosted film screenings, a concert, lectures, book…

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Dr. Kioumars Ghereghlou joined Stanford in September 2021 as the new Middle East Collections Curator at Stanford Libraries. In this interview, Dr. Ghereghlou gives an account of his role in collecting and managing library…

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The leadership and staff of the Stanford Program in Iranian Studies condemn the ongoing violence the Iranian regime is utilizing to silence dissent. We support the Iranians who demand justice for the death of Mahsa Amini and are calling for basic…

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Professor Bahram Beyzaie, the internationally acclaimed playwright, director and an accomplished poet, has written a stirring poem in praise of the on-going situation in Iran—led by women and triggered by the death of…

Image of Mahsa Amini, the young Iranian woman whose death while in custody of the Morality Police in Iran sparked protests across the country. 

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We have heard from many concerned faculty, students, staff, and community members in Iranian Studies about the events unfolding in Iran. We, the program’s leaders as well as concerned students and staff, stand in…

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Pierce Lowary graduated this year with a degree in computer science and a minor in Iranian studies.

“I'd say that my minor, in addition to all the interdisciplinary exploration I did at Stanford,…

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A new Stanford faculty website has been launched for Professor Bahram Beyzaie to help showcase his extensive work to an English-language audience. Read about his life; explore his plays and award winning films; watch lectures and…

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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new 5-year fund for the study of the Iranian diaspora. Made possible by Ms. Homa Sarshar, the gift provides funds for Stanford undergraduate and graduate students conducting research…

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The Struggle for Development in Iran is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in May of 2022.  The book draws on the work of the Stanford Iran 2040 research project. 

"This book provides a multidimensional analysis of…

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In 2012, Professor Bahram Beyzaie staged his shadawplay, Jana and Baladoor, at Stanford University as part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts. The video recording will soon be available for viewers around the world to watch. 

Bahram…

Arash Azizi

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Arash Azizi, a PhD candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University (NYU), will be the first Zahedi Family Fellow at Stanford University, joining in spring 2022. His dissertation charts the history of Communist…

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A Scholar for Our Times (Mage Publisher, 2022), edited by Abbas Milani and C. Ryan Perkins, helps illuminate the rich material in the Shahrokh Meskoob archive, housed in the Green Library at Stanford University. The essays on…

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A pioneering female spirit has been a part of Stanford’s legacy since its inception, when co-founder Jane Stanford, together with her husband, decreed that the institution would be a “university for both sexes,” offering an…

Matin Mirramezani and Cyrus Beschloss 

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Business Insider: "Young people are notoriously hard to poll. Generation Lab hopes their 'ergonomically fitted' polling can fix that."

Cyrus Beschloss, 25, is the founder and CEO of Generation Lab. …

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"Stanford senior Sayeh K. Kohani, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering with honors, and a minor in public policy, has been selected as a 2022 Rhodes Scholar.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international fellowship…