Dissertation Awards

THE RAHIM M. IRVANI DISSERTATION AWARD

The Rahim M. Irvani Dissertation Award is presented biennially to the author of an exceptional PhD dissertation on Persian literature and its cognate fields, written in any language. Established by Zinat Irvani in memory of her philanthropist husband, in addition to a cash prize, this award also includes the option of a contract for the publication of the revised and peer-reviewed manuscript by I.B. Tauris. AIS is now calling for nominations for dissertations completed between Winter 2014-Fall 2015. The third Rahim Irvani Award will be presented at the Opening Reception of the Eleventh AIS Biennial Conference August 2016 in Vienna, Austria. Nominators should be the thesis supervisor or a member of the thesis committee. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2015

The Rahim Irvani Dissertation Award Committee

  • Houchang E. Chehabi Boston University(Chair)
  • Justine Landau Harvard University
  • Kamran Talattof University of Arizona
  • Christine van Ruymbeke University of Cambridge

 

2016 Winner

The Rahim Irvani Dissertation Award (2016) was presented to Kevin Lewis Schwartz for his dissertation Bâzgasht-i Adabî (Literary Return) and Persianate Literary Culture in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Iran, India, and Afghanistan. Submitted to the University of California, Berkeley. Department of Near Eastern Studies, 2014.

 

Past Winners

  • The 2014 Rahim Irvani Dissertation Award was presented at the 2014 Biennial in Montreal Canada to Samad Alavi for his thesis entitled "The Poetics of Commitment in Modern Persian: A Case of Three Revolutionary Poets in Iran," submitted to UC-Berkeley (2013).
  • The 2012 Rahim M. Irvani Dissertation Award was presented at the 2012 Biennial in Istanbul Turkey to Marjolijn van Zutphen for her thesis 'Faramarz, The Sistan Hero: Texts and Traditions of the Faramarzname and the Persian Epic Cycle'. University of Leiden, Institute for Area Studies, School of Middle Eastern Studies. Advisors: J.J. Witkam and G. R. Van den Berg. Defended 13 December, 2011.

 

THE MASHAYEKHI DISSERTATION AWARD

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award is presented biannually to the author of an exceptional Ph.D. dissertation dealing with the broad themes of politics and the public sphere in Iran, written in Persian or English. Dissertations written in other languages are accepted, if they are accompanied with condensed translation of chapters into English or Persian. This award is established by the Mehrdad Mashayekhi Foundation in memory of his dedication to the cause of democracy and social justice in Iran. AIS is now calling for nominations for dissertations completed in Winter 2014-Fall 2015. The second Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award will be presented at the Opening Reception of the Eleventh AIS Biennial Conference August 2016 in Vienna, Austria. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2015.

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award Committee

  • Professor Ali Akbar Mahdi California State University, Northridge
  • Professor Afshin Matin-Asgari California State University, Los Angeles
  • Professor Ali Mirsepassi New York University
  • Dr. Thomas M. Ricks Independent Scholar in the Social and Cultural History of Iran

 

2016 Winner

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award (2016) was presented to Pouya Alimagham for his dissertation “Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprising.” Submitted to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2015.

 

Past Winners

  • The 2014 Mashayekhi Dissertation Award was presented to Nazanin Shahrokni (Postdoctoral Academy Scholar The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies) for her thesis entitled "The State and the Paradox of Gender Segregation in Iran," submitted to the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • The first Honorable Mention goes to Eric Sander Lob’s dissertation entitled “An Institutional History of the Iranian Construction Jihad: From Inception to Institutionalization (1979-2011),” submitted to the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the Princeton University.
  • The second Honorable Mention belongs to Khadijeh (Nahid) Keshavarz for her dissertation entitled “Les Traces du Mouvement des Femmes en Iran (1989-2009): Luttes, Defis, Reussites,” submitted to the Department of Sociology at Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.