Painting of Uzbekistan Silk Road Bukhara

Affiliated Graduate Students

Stanford graduate students from diverse fields across campus conduct research related to Iran. 

Feyaad Allie (Political Science) 

Feyaad is Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. His dissertation project examines the sustained exclusion of marginalized groups in multi-ethnic democracies with a focus on Muslims in India. One strand of this research highlights the role of within-Muslim heterogeneity (in terms of sect and caste) in contributing to the underrepresentation of Muslims in Indian politics. In one component of his dissertation, he explores this phenomenon through a survey of voters including questions related to Muslim connections to Saudi Arabia and Iran to measure the strength of sectarian identities. Feyaad also conducted extensive voter and politician interviews in the city of Lucknow exploring the ways that Shia and Sunni identity and connections to Saudi Arabia and Iran may influence political behavior. This research speaks more broadly to sectarian divisions within Muslim communities and to diasporic connections that exist through sectarian identity.

Serage Amatory

Serage Amatory (Public Policy) 

Serage is pursuing a Master of Arts in Public Policy following his earning of a Master of Arts in International Policy in June 2019 from Stanford as well. He currently leads an activist collation and protest-platform named "Rage for Change" in support of the anti-government and anti-Hezbollah movements in his home Lebanon. He is also the writer, host and producer of a political commentary show in Lebanon called "C'est Rage". At Stanford he is authoring his MA thesis on the Iranian proxy 'Hezbollah' in Lebanon and the USSR-inclined "Hezb Tudeh" in Iran under the guidance and mentorship of Stanford's Iranian Studies Director Abbas Milani. He also works as a Project Coordinator at Stanford's Project on Arab Reform & Democracy. He has written on Hezbollah, Iranian Foreign Policy, Israeli-Iranian relations and Saudi-Iranian relations.

Alexandria  Brown-Hedjazi

Alexandria Brown-Hedjazi (Art History)

Alexandria is a PhD candidate in Stanford’s department of Art History, with a certificate in Iranian Studies. She specializes in early modern art and architecture of the Mediterranean basin and eastern Islamicate world, with a particular focus on the arts of Italy and Iran. Her doctoral dissertation examines diplomatic and artistic exchange between Safavid Iran and the Venetian Republic, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and Papal Rome. Her dissertation highlights new findings from three overlooked areas: trade routes in luxury goods (silk harvested near the Caspian Sea in exchange for mirrored Venetian glass); architectural exchanges (the Italianate Safavid fortress in Kandahar and the unrealized design for a lapis lazuli dome in Florence); as well as architectural traces of minority communities (Safavid Shi’a converts in Rome and Roman Discalced Carmelites in Isfahan). Collectively, the project is about the agency of art in facilitating intercultural dialogue, discovery and diplomacy. 

Nima Farzaneh

Nima Farzaneh (Music)

Nima is an architectural designer and researcher in the musical and architectural acoustics domain, working toward a Ph.D. at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University. He holds a bachelor's degree in architecture and M.S. in landscape architecture from Iran. In 2010 he moved to the U.S. and studied at the Pratt Institute's post-professional architecture M.S. program focused on computation and design. After practicing architecture in New York City from 2011 to 2019, he went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to specialize in architectural acoustics. His research interest is primarily the study of acoustics in Iran's historical architectural spaces and its correlation with the region's aural traditions, rituals, and music. Having an interest in working with new media, he incorporates technologies such as virtual acoustics, VR, and immersive experience for recreating architectural spaces and space-based musical experiences.

Aruuke Kyzy

Aruuke Uran Kyzy (History) 

Aruuke Uran Kyzy is a first-year Ph.D. student in the History Department. Her research interests include the transnational Naqshbandi Sufi Tariqas across Central Asia, Ottoman, and Russian Empires and her research project aims to utilize 18th-century sources in Persian, Ottoman, Russian, and Chagatai languages. Aruuke is currently exploring Persian history, poetry, and culture and taking First-Year Modern Persian with Professor Shervin Emami.