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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…

Roozbeh Jafarzadeh

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We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Iraj Pezeshkzad, Iran's legendary satirist, essayist, diplomat, and patriot. 

Iraj Pezeshkzad was born in Tehran in 1928, and educated in Iran and France where he received his degree in law. He…

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Anna Hollingsworth, History '16, discusses how her time at Stanford shaped her post-graduate journey. She was the first student to receive a minor in Iranian Studies. 

Where did your post-graduate journey take you? 

My…

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As we close the 2020-2021 academic year, we reflect on a year with many daunting challenges and delightful encouragements. Look back on highlights from the past year including collaborations, virtual performances, film screenings, conferences,…

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Stanford Iran 2040 publication by Dr. Pooya Azadi

"Iran is currently undergoing its deepest economic, governance, health, environmental, and social crises since the inception of the Islamic Republic in 1979. After more…

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Mustafa Tikka graduated with a degree in international relations and minors in global studies (with a specialization in Iran), history, and political science. 

Mustafa (class of 2021), will be joining the University of…

Mohammad Reza Shajarian at Stanford University in 2010

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Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian and a group of concerned Iranian citizens drafted a constitution for the period of Iran’s transition to a secular democracy. A copy was left for safekeeping with Dr. Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies at…

Professor Bahram Beyzaie

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Bahram Beyzaie, one of Iran’s most acclaimed filmmakers, playwrights, and scholars of the history of Iranian theater, joined the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford in 2010. In the past decade Professor Beyzaie has taught thousands of Stanford…